As summer approaches and graduating caps and tassels begin to fly, many young professionals are entering the workforce. So to all you young professionals, congrats! You have made it. You should be very proud of yourself and your accomplishments.
Now that you are in the workforce, there are multiple ways to start rising to the top.
- Start building your personal brand. Your skill set, attitude and social aptitude make up your product—you. After all, you had to “sell” yourself to get this job. Now it’s time to think about how you’ll get to the next level.
So, here are a few things to consider as you move forward.
- Identify the top five things you want your superior to say about you in a reference letter. Then, strive to be those things.
- Be personable and connect with others. Email is obviously an efficient way to communicate, but if you show up in person from time to time, you have a great opportunity to build on the relationship.
- Volunteer. If there’s a project that’s up for grabs, take it and use it as an example of what you can do when given the opportunity.
As you jump into the pool head first, I know times are scary but you will succeed. You have to believe and know that you will succeed. Good luck and have fun!