You got the job and you love it. You want to make the most of the opportunities there and build your reputation and career.
Getting ahead at work takes time and effort—there is no magic formula for a successful career. Making yourself stand out as a leader takes more than being good at your job. To set yourself up to climb the ladder, stand out with these eight tips.
1. Do more than required
You want to excel at your job, but it takes doing a little extra to really stand out. Take on more responsibilities and work harder than average. Be willing to put in the time and get things done. Being productive will bring you more attention than just clocking long hours.
2. Become part of the company
When you were interviewing, it was about you. Now it’s about the company and how to make it the best it can be. Be proud of where you work and promote that in and out of the office. Be involved in what is happening, and make yourself part of the team.
3. Speak up
Stay on top of industry news and knowledge, and don’t be afraid to show what you know. Offer ideas and suggestions to your supervisor. Speak up in meetings rather than just listening. Come up with new ideas and improvements for organization, processes and products.
4. Help others succeed
You want the company to succeed. That means the people in it must succeed as well. Make yourself look good by making those around you look good. Help others find and use their strengths. Make sure to give them praise and credit for their contribution.
5. Be proactive
Stay on top of what is going on in the industry as well as within the company. Keep your skills up to date and continue growing. Look for extra projects and responsibilities you can volunteer for and build experience and skills.
6. Find your strengths
Leverage your strengths to make yourself stand out from the crowd. Become the go-to person in your company for your areas of strength.
7. Build relationships
Network with colleagues in your company as well as customers and vendors. As you help others within your company succeed, you will build positive relationships. Having a large network can help build your career into the future.
8. Take the lead when you can
You don’t have to be a manager to take the lead. Find those opportunities where you can lead a committee, project or idea. Take on the responsibility to do the research or work across departments to make sure a project is successful.
Getting the job is not the end. It is the beginning of an opportunity to stand out and build a successful career. Follow these tips to build your network, reputation, knowledge and skills. Companies will notice.