If you’re a new grad starting your first post-college job or a mid-career professional seeking that promotion here are some tips to help you build a strong reputation at work.
You were given two ears and one mouth for a reason. When you speak to people at organizations make sure you are the receiver much more than the speaker. This is your opportunity to learn – not give advice.
Often time’s new grads stick with people their own age. Make sure you get to know others that are older and younger than yourself. Your network should include people from all demographics.
3. Stay out of the cliques
Some organizations can feel like high school all over again. Avoid work place cliques by maintaining professional standards of conduct and boundaries. That doesn’t mean to be stand-offish, but make sure you do not enter in to gossiping or complaining about other employees or management. It will come back to haunt you.
4. Take personal responsibility for mistakes
Most employers understand that mistakes will happen. It’s part of the learning and growing process. What employers do not like is when their employees do not take responsibility for their mishaps. Take mistakes seriously and do what you can to rectify them.
5. Take notes
Taking notes in meetings and even in one on one conversations is good when you are receiving instructions on a job task. Employers do not want to have to repeat themselves just because you did not take the time to write down their instructions.
6. Avoid social networking and instant messaging
It can be tempting to chat with co-workers on instant message or even social networking. These sites are typically monitored closely so do not abuse or overuse them. It’s okay if it’s job related.
7. Keep your word
Your word must be bond. The best thing you can do for your reputation at work is to be a person of character and integrity by doing what you say you are going to do when you said you were going to do it.
8. Pay attention to company culture
If people typically eat at their desk, don’t be the new guy who leaves the office and is gone for an hour. If everyone works a little late, don’t be the guy running for the door at quitting time. Pay attention to the company culture.
9. Be open
You can always learn something no matter where you’re at in your career. Stay open to learning from others who have something to give.
10. Thank people
If you get help from people – thank them. Take them out to lunch or send them a little gift. It will go a long way. Also return the favor when you get the chance. People do keep score.