First impressions count. Not even the CEO of Google, Elon Musk, or the infamous Ajit Pai began their careers without giving a positive impression to someone who hired them. These people, despite what you think of them, started their career off on the right footing. Doing so can set up your career in the right way, as you sculpt your professional insight and ability into one worth mentioning.
Luckily, here’s an expert article detailing how you can best make use of your professional landing and begin a career on the best footing. After all, if you’re to sprint to the finish line of success, you need to enter the race track with the sturdiest launching pace possible.
You must always dress professionally. If you look messy, unkempt or otherwise too casual, you look as if you don’t care. Even in informally led firms such as Google where jeans and shirts are a possibility, it’s always worthwhile dressing smart casual at an absolute limit. This helps distinguish you and helps you stand out among the crowd. If you’re trying to be noticed by your boss, or you’re trying to project a smart image for the firm you just founded, you might even consider dressing more smartly.
Dressing for success not only helps you from the outside, but it allows you to feel confident and well put together in your daily life. It allows you seem more professional in meetings, and truly bring the best of yourself to complex interpersonal relationships at work. When you look good, you feel good. People naturally gravitate to you, and you will communicate with more authority and assertiveness. That’s right, working on your dress and grooming is part of your confidence package, and all of this feeds into your career progression.
Educating yourself is always important. You should become a lifelong learner if you hope to progress in any field you put your mind to. Simply because you’ve finished college, or have the minimum degree needed to work at the corporation you are now a part of, this does not mean you shouldn’t specialize further, or become more interested in polishing your professional sskill set Education can bring you down even more pathways, and open opportunities you might not have even considered.
For example, you might find that your time learning about pharmaceutical and microbiology could be well served supplemented with an MSN MBA program. Becoming more adept in a field will help you truly express your career goals, as you will have the knowledge and ability at your side to truly make a go ofO things. Authority once more comes into play. When you know how to do things you have the ability to help and resolve the issues other people around you are facing. If you run a business, this truly allows you to lead from the front and by example. If you’re working as an employee, you are sure to raise the ranks quickly with your quick thinking and confidence. People will assume you are naturally gifted at the job and work things out quickly. You’ll know that you spent hours at home researching your new skillset with interest bordering on obsession.
A more personal benefit of this is the continual passion you’ll grow and experience as a result of education. It will keep your specialized career fresh, interesting and more successful than you ever dreamed. This is a far cry from becoming comfortable in your job role in your mid-thirties and stagnating, half bored until retirement. As people, we need challenge and achievement to keep us feeling active and happy in our surroundings, and this consideration is surely no different at all.
Networking as soon as you feel professionally able to will immediately plant you in the social circuit of the industry you hope to occupy. It’s a sad truth that often the best jobs are about who you know as opposed to what you know. Of course, this only seals your entry to the position, as someone who is incompetent will surely be weeded out and humiliated quickly.
Still, it never hurts to network. You needn’t overdo this by throwing pool parties and barbecues for all of the executives at your firm. Just having your name known for a positive contribution, a little extra work here and a little beaten target there can go a long way in securing you future windows of opportunity.
Of course, we’re ignoring one of the most wholesome benefits of networking. Networking can make you friends. Sometimes when you’re working in a high-intensity job, this can be a great saving grace when you experience the inevitable bad day that we all do.
Patience is a universal virtue. When you’re starting your career, and you’ve made the dramatic announcement that this is the path you’re taking your life down, it can be tempting to go at one hundred miles per hour. We’d suggest patiently working could serve you better. Take the opportunity to LISTEN. Too many workers are convinced with bettering their position by hard work, which is great, but not if it’s lacking temperance by patience. Observing your office environment, or general working space and social dynamic will allow you to learn more than you thought possible.
It might be you learn information about how the firm works you didn’t know before, or you become aware of an opening in a department you are more interested in. It could be taking criticism from your boss without being offending and actually trying to adapt yourself to the role you fill as best you can. Patience could even help you professionally deal with that employee you’d love to see slip on a banana skin. We all have workplace issues, and patience can often overcome them. Listening, temperance and constantly humbly refining your ability will take you to places you may not have dreamed of. You’ll only know if you try.
With these tips, you should experience a wonderful resurgence in your professional ability, perfect if you’re tackling a new role for the first time.