When it comes to the office, there’s a fine line between kissing up and playing your cards just right. Esq Katherine Ladner talks how to get noticed on the job from company emails to copy room convos.
I went to law school to grow intellectually and make a positive impact on society. While I achieved that outcome, I also developed as a young professional. I worked various internships that taught me how to navigate my future legal career. Though I made a few mistakes along the way, I learned how to get noticed in any field. When you’re just starting your career, you have to work hard to build your career. Here’s how you can do it and get noticed by your office:
Send professional emails
No matter the job, you can’t avoid sending an email. As emails become a regular part of our work life, it is easy to treat them like they are not a big deal. But seasoned professionals look at email in a different way. My old supervising attorney at the Illinois’ Attorney General’s Office taught me to watch what I say via email. When communicating with an attorney or boss, what you say is just as important how you say. Remember to
- Always use greetings and closings to address your receiver.
- Use the receiver’s title if necessary. (Workers in medical and legal fields prefer Dr. and Esq.)
- Proofread for both typos and tone.
Words matter and they can make or break your career.
A great way to get noticed in your office is to be responsive. While it may seem like common sense, some professionals don’t always respond right away. Responsiveness helps people in your office respect and count on you. When your boss asks you to get a task done, don’t sit on it; make it a priority.
- If you have a big project, finish it early.
- Whether you receive an email or voicemail, respond quickly.
- If a message does not need an answer, still let the sender know that you received the message.
Let your boss or coworker know that you received their message loud and clear. They’ll really appreciate the gesture.
The saying “You catch more flies with honey,” applies to the office too. While it may feel a little out of the way to be friendly to everyone at work, it doesn’t take much to get the reputation as “the friendly one” in the office. Start by saying “hi,” and be willing to strike up a conversation if time allows. Had I been unfriendly to a prosecutor at my old office, he would have never have known me, and referred me to a great job offer. Your career will go much farther when people vouch for you simply because you are friendly.
Cross Department Lines
Once you connect with your team, it is easy to feel content and stay in your department bubble. But getting to know coworkers in other departments can get you noticed in the company as a whole. Crossing department lines will give you a larger understanding of the company and how your work contributes to the big picture. Building relationships gave me new people to socialize with during lunch and a way to learn about different aspects of the company. Some of the interns that I met from the other departments eventually started working full time at the corporation, and now I have them as contacts for the future.
During your 40+ hour work week, be aware of yourself both socially and professionally. Even if you have been working at the same place for a while, it is not too late to start applying these tips. They will get you noticed at the office and help you to begin your career.