When starting a new job a lot of us try our best to make good impressions with our manager. This isn’t uncommon because let’s face it, they theoretically hold the keys to progression within your role so it makes sense that you would strive to impress them at every chance.
You may be worried about appearing too eager to please, but this is unlikely to be the case. Impressing your boss, and thus getting ahead at work, simply means asking questions, being approachable and friendly, and participating in group projects as much as you can. So don’t be afraid to really apply yourself and be hardworking: your manager will notice and you will have an easier time in your career.
Below are some of our top tips to help you excel at work and get noticed by your manager.
- Taking notes during meetings
There is nothing that makes you look more on-the-ball than jotting down notes during a meeting. It helps to show you are using your incentive, paying attention and care about small details. Making notes during meetings also keeps you from having to ask about something you discussed only hours previously, this can often come across to a manager that you weren’t really paying much attention, so don’t forget, take thoughtful notes!
- Ask for constructive feedback
It is important to schedule time with your manager to go over your job performance. Of course none of us like to be told we haven’t delivered exactly what your manager wanted and sometimes it may leave you feeling deflated, but it’s what you do with the feedback that matters. It shows you’re always willing to improve and strive for greatness in every aspect of your work. Also, asking your manager to identify areas for improvement forces them to take inventory of your work as whole – including everything you’re getting right. So it’s not all negative!
- Work outside your role
If the opportunity arises for you to lend a helping hand to other departments then it is always good practice to do so. Not only does working on projects outside your job description show a dedication to the company as a whole, but your manager will most likely notice your efforts and is more likely to trust you with more responsibilities in your role. It will help to display your potential and may lead to your manager putting you forward for further projects, and the more experience you accumulate throughout your apprenticeship the better!
- Admit your mistakes and take responsibility for them
We’re not robots, we all make silly mistakes and your manager will appreciate this. The key thing is to learn from them and ensure you don’t continually make the same mistakes, this can often seem like you’re not listening or taking advice on board which could reflect badly on you. Simply admit where you went wrong and put procedures in place to ensure you don’t make them again.
Lateness is one thing that can magically erase all of your hard work. It doesn’t matter if you’re the friendliest, most hard-working employee who ever existed – if you’re constantly showing up late, that’s all your boss will see. Time management is almost always listed as a key soft-skill for first time jobs so if lateness is a weakness for you then this is something that absolutely must be addressed in the workplace.
Some managers are harder to impress than others, but I strongly suggest trying your best to do so, hopefully these simple steps will help you achieve this. An impressed boss is a happy boss and one that will promote you, give you pay rises and make your work life as pleasurable as possible. Good luck!