In today’s economy, it’s tough for recent graduates and young professionals to land their first job. It can also be especially difficult to impress employers once they’ve been hired.
As the old saying goes, “you’ll never get a second chance to make a first impression,” so check out our tips on how to set yourself apart from the competition.
Balance Confidence and Humility
All professionals walk a fine line between confidence and humility, but as a young professional, this line can be paper thin. Different situations require young professionals to stand up and show confidence, while others require them to quickly admit they are learning and ask questions. The most successful young professionals work on balancing these styles.
Always Follow Up
Try not to let loose ends go. It’s easy to let things slide when you’re constantly bombarded with distractions. Even if it’s just an offhand remark recommending a resource or promising an introduction, always follow up.
There is a huge stereotype floating around about millennials stating that they are lazy and reluctant to do their work. Although we don’t believe this about this generation, it’s always refreshing to work with young professionals that are driven to go above and beyond what’s expected of them. Try to finish projects before they are due and always work towards a new goal.
Live Up to Your Mistakes
We get it. It’s scary to be wrong and even scarier to fail. That’s why employers truly admire and respect young professionals who are able to live up to their mistakes and admit when something went south. We all make mistakes; it’s what we make of them that shapes our future.
Value Different Perspectives
Perspective is easy to value in hindsight, but much harder to seek out and internalize ahead of time. Seek to learn from informed advisors. That will certainly bode well for the development of your abilities.