Once you’ve started your new job your work is far from over. You’ll have new people to meet, office politics to navigate, protocol to memorize, and professional relationships to establish. When considering how to set yourself to succeed at your new entry-level job, there is some insight into how to increase your odds of being a well-liked, successful new employee that all college graduates should know. Make sure to consider this advice regarding the people to get to know, why you should make the effort, and how to take those steps without looking like you are playing office politics in order to stand out.
A fundamental aspect of any successful start at an entry-level job is to build a good relationship with your boss. He or she is your best source of information and office contacts, and a good relationship with your boss leads to introductions to other management personnel, team leaders, and additional office VIPs. The reason you want to develop relationships with other managers, and your own boss, is to improve your own business acumen as well as your understanding of the company. Never underestimate the power of having a manager or other person high up on your side.
It is also a good idea to have a list – either in writing or just in your head – of the key players in your company. It does not have to be a long list, but it can be helpful. In fact, it is often better to have a short list and grow it as you expand your network from each of the individuals on your list. This method will enable you develop relationships with key people in your sphere of work and in other areas, and may lead to opportunities that let you gain work experience or potentially a new job down the line should you want or need one.
Also, remember to be gracious and cordial. When you hear of someone in your company achieving success, both professional or personal, send them an email or make a quick call to say, “Congratulations!”, even if it is someone you don’t know particularly well. You might invite them out to coffee or lunch to foster the relationship particularly if it’s someone that may be able to give you insight as to how to be successful. Often times this helps you gain a reputation as a team player – someone who recognizes and appreciates the achievements of others. Just be careful not to seem disingenuous or political as the last thing you want to be branded as is the office brown nose. If you were involved in a successful project, make sure to share the credit with those around you who helped as well.
These seem like small things, but they can and do have a lasting impact – both from a networking perspective and on your reputation. Best of luck with the start of your new job!