What does it mean to be a good manager today? The modern definition of management is getting people to work together to reach company goals and objectives.
Managing successfully takes a great deal of knowledge about the individuals on your team and the different work styles they may have.
The transition from team member to team manager can be jolting. The hours are different, the pay is different, and most of all the pressure is on a whole new level. Your first duty as a new manager is to understand who you work with and find ways to bring out best out in them.
Different types of people need different things.
With your new boss, you’ll want to make sure they know your plans. Give them the opportunity to give feedback often and be sure to set expectations early.
Your creative team member may need help to stay on track. Offer a schedule and structure, but also offer lots of positive feedback and praise for their work.
Finally, your most organized go-getter on the team needs to feel empowered. He or she will be the one to keep meetings on track and ensure goals are met.
You’ll always be learning new management skills, but where exactly should you start? Keep these tips in mind as you gear up for the next exciting phase in your career.
Dress the Part
Dressing up is always better than going casual. Looking polished and put together will help you gain the respect your age may cause you to lack from colleagues. Be ready for the daytime meetings and the evening client dinner by choosing tasteful pieces that can go from day to night.
Know the Rules
Every office has some type of politics. Be sure to understand these new, sometimes unspoken rules by having someone in the office you trust spell them out for you. Be sure to be on time, shake hands with every new person you meet, and check your entitlement at the door.
We’re so used to our phones and our friends being just a click away. But if you want to impress, you’ll have to separate yourself and focus.
Know when to turn the social media machine off and focus on your work. Give yourself a few minutes a day to check your favorite sites; after that say “no” to social media. Continue to work hard and take pride in your work as your end product will speak for itself.
Find a Mentor
Finding a mentor can sometimes be challenging. If you are unable to connect with a solid mentor, emulate someone in the building you look up to. Pay attention to why you respect this person so much and practice these qualities. Grab coffee with them and ask them to talk about their career trajectory with you. They may not have the time to commit to you for months or years, but they can certainly grab a coffee and answer some of your burning questions.
Say No to Gossip
Sometimes the most liked person is the most powerful person. And the first step to being liked is being genuinely kind to everyone you interact with on a daily basis. When others are bashing your place of employment or your boss, don’t join in. It kills morale and can cause you to start hating your job (and subsequently your life).
It can also cause others to lose respect for you. Set yourself apart by keeping yourself out of destructive conversations.
Youth is a beautiful thing. You have the eagerness, time, and energy to take over the world if you can focus long enough to do it. Hit the ground running in your career by going the extra mile, doing the research, and paying attention to the details.
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1. Become an Intern
Internships are a great way for students to get real-world experience. This supervisor may prove to be the best reference you have when attempting to land your dream job in a few years, so impress him or her by working diligently. Remember, you are no longer entitled to time off between semesters. Vacation time is earned in the corporate world.
2. Emulate Your New
The best way for young professionals to learn how to behave in the corporate world is to follow the lead of their older counterparts. Social behavior in the corporate world is unlike anything a student will witness while in school. Engage in small talk frequently with older professionals. Invite them to lunch and ask how they got started in the business.
3. Dress the Part
Young professionals should go beyond what is expected when it comes to fashion. Appearance is noted by those in management. As the old saying goes, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.”
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4. Bring the Right Tools
Those who are fresh out of school should keep business cards with them at all times, even if they have not yet landed a job. When choosing a design, go with a simple but sleek font. Do not list social media accounts on the card unless they are strictly professional accounts. Keep in mind that in most professional circles, it is customary to shake hands upon introduction and exchange cards before exiting the conversation.
5. Be Prompt
One of the biggest mistakes young professionals make is tardiness to the job site. Meeting deadlines of all types is crucial. Graduates do not always grasp how a department or team must work together in order to achieve a goal. Tardiness does not only reflect poorly on the employee, it can also be detrimental to the team.
6. Avoid Office Politics
Finding a friend in the workplace is important to most people. However, one should not let another person’s personal grudge or gossip stand in the way of foraging new professional relationships. Strive to be a friend and asset to everyone in the office. Keep an open mind about your coworkers, even the ones you have yet to meet. When conversation takes a turn for the worse, graciously exit the situation.
7. Join Professional Associations
Making professional contacts can increase your social skills, help you make friends, and keep you abreast of the latest trends in your field. Many of these associations also have a running list of job openings online. Be sure to mention any professional association affiliations on your resume. Also, join social media sites made especially for professionals, like Linked-In.
8. Rely Less on Electronic Devices
Electronics are ideal for keeping track of schedules, contacts, and work files. What professionals should avoid is exchanging texts, chatting, and using social media for personal reasons while on the job. Also, avoid using these devices during meetings and luncheons. Give your full attention to the other professionals sitting or standing with you. Return texts and calls directly after the meeting if they are important.
9. Submit Scholarly Articles to Upcoming Professional Conferences
Young professionals can gain respect by presenting research papers to a group of their peers. Members of professional organizations are often eager to hear ideas from a colleague fresh out of school. This also gives young professionals an opportunity to work on presentation and public speaking skills.
10. Stay Hungry
The biggest advantage young professionals have over veterans in any field is eagerness. Those who have recently graduated from school are typically ready to make their mark and are willing to work long hours to make it happen.
These are only a few of the many ways one can more easily transition into the workplace. Most are common sense rules to live by throughout your career.
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