Hi Longing to Make an Impression,
Thanks for writing! There’s so much you can do to stand out as a new hire, plus some great ways to be productive in this spare time. If I had to narrow it down to three tips, here’s what I’d suggest doing to both impress your boss and get ahead.
Meet People You Wouldn’t Normally Meet
Getting to know co-workers outside of your core team will help you understand your organization and its culture more clearly. Ask someone out for coffee or literally go around the office introducing yourself to colleagues you haven’t officially met. Be respectful of others’ time, but be friendly and make a point to learn names.
As you get to know people, you’ll not only gain knowledge and insight about the firm, but you’ll also make progress in building your personal network. I’m a huge proponent of networking—and a big believer that internal networking is just as important as any out-of-office events.
Become an Expert on Company Processes
It can be tough to get up to speed when you’re the new person, so you should be looking at this slow period as bonus time. The absence of real work means you have time to learn systems, get your inbox in order, and prepare for what’s surely to come.
Now’s the perfect opportunity to soak up company processes and protocol. As a first-year attorney, see if there’s research and reading you can do to better position yourself for when the first assignment lands on your desk.
Find a Useful Project and Try to Lead its Execution
One of the most direct ways that you can demonstrate ambition is by using what you’ve learned from the above tips to start an initiative that will improve an area that could use streamlining.
In some roles, this will mean writing a proposal and seeking approval; in others, it might mean building a new report on your own. Can you, in your position, take a deep dive into past work the firm’s focused on? Keep in mind that any project or initiative you choose should be one that you can set aside and return to at a later point for when the day arrives—and it will!—when you’re suddenly up to your ears in work.
Courtesy : The Muse