You’ve landed your dream job. You’re only beginning to get settled, yet your rockstar talent and work ethic has already been noted. If this sounds like you (or someone you’d like to be), then it could be time to start planning your next move. Here’s some advice on what you can do to get to know your company and advance.
Look for Internal Projects - One of the quickest ways to get noticed is to perform well on internal projects. The tricky part is knowing which projects are available and being invited to join them. That’s why networking outside your department is important to getting those invitations. Coffee breaks or a LinkedIn invite is a great way to start connecting with your coworkers.
Contact Human Resources - If you’re in a hurry to move your career along, schedule a time to chat with the HR department about a path you might take to advance within the company. In addition to showing the company your dedication, HR can give you insight into the skills you need to succeed.
Create Your Own Opportunities – Step up in your current responsibilities. Offer constructive suggestions for departmental improvements and also volunteer to implement them, if you know how to do so. This will give you additional exposure to managers who are always on the lookout for great ideas –and the people who have them.
Always keep an eye out on positions available within the company, but taking initiative in advancing your career sometimes means looking outside of it. All of the experience you get while doing your best to network within the company will leave a lasting impression on your coworkers and on your resume. Your efforts won’t go unnoticed. Don’t wait for things to fall onto your plate – repeatedly advocate for yourself and prove your abilities, and you’ll find success.
Ariel Lozovsky is a Marketing Intern at FirstJob who currently attends the University of Colorado at Boulder, studying Economics and Philosophy. When she's not reading, she loves petting dogs and playing tennis.