How to get ahead at your new company
Even if you’ve just finished up a prolonged search for premium entry level jobs and paid internships, now is no time to rest on your laurels. In my experience, the second you find out you landed your first postgrad opportunity, you should already be thinking about the next step – earning a promotion or raise. Here are a few of my suggestions on how to get ahead at your new company.
While you’ll certainly get to know the people working immediately around you, you should take the time to branch out and meet a variety of your coworkers and managers. Building a network of professional contacts within your company will help you stand out as an ambitious and personable employee, which could put you on an influential supervisor’s radar in the near future.
Find out about promotion avenues
I’ve always felt that you can’t simply wait for a promotion to come to you – you need to seek it out yourself. In particular, you should begin doing some research about the possible positions you could pursue and what qualifications are needed to get there. This way, you can tailor your experience to become a solid candidate for promotion.
Do your best
I can’t overstate the importance of showing up everyday and giving 100 percent effort. Many young people work hard for the first month or two on the job, then begin to slip as they become comfortable in their positions. By consistently doing your best, there will never be a doubt as to your value as an employee.