I have officially been at my new job for six months now. A new job, let alone a first job can be quite a whirlwind experience. I think a lot of us put too much pressure on ourselves to be a star, or to really stand out our first months. We want to impress… it’s natural. Yet extremely hard to do when you aren’t familiar with a company. Between office politics, learning the position, and realizing you can’t show up in sweatpants like you did for your college courses, there are some big changes. After six months, I have experienced my first “Big Win”.
My first promotion effective starting January! What a great way to start off the new year. I was extremely surprised it happened so quickly. Listening to the advice given to me from mentors, role models, articles, and self help books really have paid off. (Go figure!) Here are a few things that I believe lead me to this first promotion. I hope that they help anyone with their next career goal, whether you are well on your way or just starting a new job!
Quick Wins: It can be a daunting task to find one thing that can set you apart or really impress the team. Find the little things that make a difference. All those drops in the bucket are bound to be noticed eventually.
Navigate the New Culture: Find out what your company truly values. Some places may value your presence or putting in more hours over others, where some may value unique new ideas brought to the table. Once you figure out the office dynamic, find a way to bring your uniqueness to it in a way that fits the culture and company values.
Make them Look Good: Your work is a reflection of your boss. When you make them look good, they notice. Its a win-win. Find your talent or way to add value to your team. The responsibility and recognition will follow!
Openly Communicate: If your boss doesn’t know what you are doing to contribute to the team, how can they know you are worthy of a promotion? Or on the other hand, maybe they have given you too little or too much work to do. Openly communicate with your boss so that they know what to expect of you and what you can contribute.
Be Present: I’m talking to you, coworker who is texting their friends all day. You might not think it’s noticed, but it is. Be engaged and attentive as much as possible at work. If you find yourself losing focus, take a short break or make a coffee run and get right back to it.
There’s so many other little things I could add, but you don’t want to read forever. Feel free to comment with your own ideas.
Here’s to hoping I can apply some of these concepts to my new blog and reach more post grad professionals!