Securing your corporate residency is a great achievement and an important step in your career development. It’s also an excellent opportunity to make a positive impression that can lead to success in the workplace as well as making great professional connections. To make the most out of your residency, consider these tips:
Take time to STUDY
- S: Survey your surroundings
- T: Take the time to analyze and learn the most important things; company’s strategic plan, goals and objectives, structure, processes, current projects
- U: Understand the people: Who are the key resources? Who’s doing what?
- D: Do not make hasty decisions; being new means you will not yet understand the current situation, facts, or internal politics
- Y: Yes you can! No matter how overwhelmed you feel in your new position –just take a deep breath, remain calm, stay focused, and prioritize, prioritize, prioritize
- Ask questions to understand your role and how you will be evaluated.
- Learn the business, in and outside of the area/team you are working.
- Be proactive – it’s great to show initiative, but show some restraint. Humility plays as important a role as ambition.
- Consider how you answer the telephone, how you use email, and how you articulate your voice mail greeting
- Perform menial tasks with enthusiasm to demonstrate your work ethic does not change depending on the task you are assigned
- Show respect for the corporate culture
- Become acquainted with colleagues, even those outside your peer group
Consider your first impression
- First impressions matter… and they last. Always dress professionally. It is better to overdress then to underdress
- Take initiative to ask for more work if you are not busy. Let people know your strengths and your willingness to assist
- Be keen. Don’t be the first one to leave at the end of the day. Always remember that even if this is not the job you want for a career, it is a stepping stone for you in terms of your resume, your skills and a reference
- 80% of success is attributed to simply showing up and giving 100%. When you commit to a goal, deadline, or say you are going to do something, ensure you meet those expectations
- Avoid excuses such as “I have no experience” or “I am a student”. For the duration of your work term, you are an employee of that company and should identify yourself as such
- Demonstrate that you are approachable and coachable. Being able to receive constructive feedback and use it to improve is an important skill to have
- After one month, take the initiative and request an informal review of your progress
- End the day by writing down what expected and unexpected progress you made and what you can do tomorrow