Dr. Hossein Eslambochi put together a great Pulse post for LinkedIn. Before I discuss his points (all excellent), I want to mention how using LinkedIn can be so beneficial to your next step, even if you do not own your own business. Find something you are passionate about or that you know about and make some posts - try it out slowly at first, have a trusted mentor or friend make sure it is something worth sharing (please do not make a post about how much you like to play a video game unless it has some underlying lesson to it about business or something) and watch your network grow based on positioning yourself as an expert. I will be making more posts about how to position yourself as an expert over the next few weeks but I do think LinkedIn can help you take the first step - it is a great way to test the waters of writing a blog post.
The article talks about how to impress your boss and it is both simple and excellent. You got the job, so obviously the boss was impressed with you but that was just your resume and your few meetings (maybe two or three in person interviews, depending on the job / industry / etc). Now, you are there. What to do?
His last piece of advice it, to me, the most important. "Teach, teach, teach" - YES! Every job I ever had, the first initiative I took on (on my own time) was to document the job, the processes, the procedure - and this is something that is a great way to pave the way to your promotion because it creates a training document for the person who comes in to take your old job so you can move up. By teaching, you will learn. Trust me. You can find a new way to do something that has never been identified before by sitting down and mapping out the process flow of your main tasks - if you want to know more about how to do that, let me know in the comments. The software I used to use to do that was Viseo. Maybe that is a future vlog post...
Other tips include being on time and building a rapport with your boss. Make sure you also have a relationship with your colleagues and coworkers, too. That being said, beware of being too chatty, though - especially if you are a young professional - no one wants to know about your weekend shenanigans (though they might enjoy living vicariously through you - it will not help you in the long run). Take initiative and notes - both great things. It shows you are paying attention by taking notes and it will help you come up with new ideas - you really will see things in a new light if you have notes jotted down and you look at it during your commute or something. This will also help you innovate.
What do you think about his advice? How do you impress your boss? Let me know in the comments! Happy Hunting!
LinkedIn Pulse Impress Your New Boss as a New Employee
Lisa Vento Nielsen