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Ask for feedback to get ahead at work.

Rather than waiting for your annual performance review, try to suss out how you’re going at least once a month, says a Sydney career coach, Tina Monk, from coaching agency Sydney Career Coaching.

“It’s how we learn best, especially when we’re new,’’ she says. ‘‘Don’t wait for it, go ahead and use your initiative.’’

You could ask your boss for an informal chat, then use the opportunity to find out whether you’re meeting the expectations and objectives of your role, Monk says.

‘‘It’s really important for someone starting out to knowif they’re on the right track and if they’re not, to ask if there’s something else they could be doing differently.’’

Seeking regular feedback should help you avoid harsh criticism but if you do receive negative comments, try not to become defensive.

‘‘Just swallow, take a few deep breaths and actively listen to the person,’’Monk says.

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