4 Ways to Get Noticed in Your First Professional Job
You’ve worked hard, studied hard and landed your first real job – the one that gets you on that first rung towards your glittering career. Now, more than ever, is the time to give it your all and get noticed by your superiors so you can progress. But how do you do it? It’s not enough to simply complete your tasks every day, so here are four things that will set you apart from the crowd and hopefully speed up the career progression.
1. Show your team spirit
You might feel that you’re destined for greatness, but at the moment you’re the newest member of an established team. Make a big effort to learn everyone’s names, what they do, and how their roles intertwine with yours. Take the time to prove your worth by agreeing to take on whichever tasks need doing, even if they’re simple or mundane. Volunteer, or agree with alacrity, and people will feel confident that you’re willing to be a genuine part of the team. Show loyalty to your co-workers, help out where you can, and share any recognition you get with the team.
2. Stay organised
Being on time in a new job means coming in a little early or staying a little later. It shows initiative and that you’re eager to learn. Also, make sure your desk and office space is organised and neat. You’re presenting a picture of who you are to your new employer, and your desk, as well as your personal presentation, is a visual extension of your personality. More than half of surveyed workers admit that they judge people by their desks, with messy workspaces being seen as lazy and disorganised. Especially in the modern open plan environment, there’s no hiding your messy ways, so schedule in a weekly tidy-up and make sure you have systems that work for you.
3. Come to the party
In other words, attend the extracurriculars. Make an appearance at Friday night drinks, come to the farewell morning tea, join the company team in the upcoming charity walk. These are obligations which are couched as voluntary, but if you’re aiming to make a name for yourself as engaged and eager, they’re almost compulsory. Don’t forget that you’re still in a work environment, even when the activity is more relaxed: stick to a single drink at happy hour and save your craziest dance moves for non-work crowds.
4. Take on extra training
Continuing professional development is a great idea at any stage in your career, and a good employer will recognise its value. Often, though, your boss won’t have your training on their radar, so consider taking the initiative yourself. If there isn’t an Occupational Health and Safety Rep in your office, or a Fire Safety Warden, volunteer to do the courses and be that person. Research online education courses that will enrich your role and help you to add extra value.
What do you think?
How have you made a good first impression at a new job? If you’re a manager, what do you look out for when a new staff member joins your team? Comment to share your thoughts.
This article was written by Tanya Ashworth-Keppel on behalf of the Australian Institute of Business. All opinions are that of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of AIB. The following sources were used to compile this article: Forbes, Business Insider, The Naked CEO.