Sometimes it can feel hard to stand out at work, especially if you work in a big company. This is amplified when you are young and people don’t take you seriously. And even more so when you are a woman. We have to work extra hard to prove ourselves to coworkers and superiors. It’s not easy and it takes time but it will happen. Here are some small things that you can do that will make a difference over time.
Arrive Early (at least by a couple minutes). This is really hard for me. I am not a morning person at all so getting out of bed on time is a problem. But this shows your coworkers that you are committed and reliable. You never want to be the last one in the office and the first to leave. That does not give a good impression.
Create a Change. There is always something in any company that everyone wants done but no one either has the time or the confidence to actually make the change. So you do it. People will probably resent you at first for doing what they didn’t do but people will come to appreciate the change. People will notice that you actually took action and will remember that you work hard to get things done.
Don’t Get Involved in the Politics. Every office has the “cool kids” group. Don’t worry about fitting in with them. Just do your work and don’t get involved. Working hard will always beat being with the “in” crowd in the long run. So don’t get caught up in things are insignificant and focus on how you can make a difference and create value for your company.
Follow Through. If someone asks you to do something or you say that you will then make sure that you do it. This might be the most important one of them all. Following through on your words creates trust and credibility. And nothing is more valuable than that. I use sticky notes and write down everything I need to do. That’s just my tactic, but be sure to find something that works for you.
Do one of these things above at work for one week and see how it can make a difference!