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Initiative means showing a willingness to work, and going above and beyond the basic requirements of your job.


  • Pursue work with energy, drive, and a strong accomplishment orientation
  • Persist and expend extra effort to accomplish tasks even when conditions are difficult or deadlines are tight
  • Persist at a task or problem despite interruptions, obstacles, or setbacks

Taking initiative

  • Go beyond the routine demands of the job
  • Seek out new work challenges and increasing the variety and scope of your job
  • Seek opportunities to influence events and start activity
  • Assist others who have less experience or have heavy workloads

Setting challenging goals

  • Establish and maintain personally challenging but realistic work goals
  • Exert effort toward task mastery
  • Bring issues to closure by pushing forward until a resolution is achieved

Working independently

  • Develop your own ways of doing things
  • Perform effectively even with minimal direction, support or approval and without direct supervision
  • Strive to exceed standards and expectations
  • Exhibit confidence in capabilities and an expectation to succeed in future activities

MassHire Hampden County Workforce Board

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Springfield, MA 01103

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