You just got hired into a new role. You’re now working to adjust to the new faces, processes, projects, and culture… it’s a lot to handle! This new environment has a steep learning curve that’s tough to adapt to, but if you really want to stand out and set yourself up for success, it’s important that you go beyond expectations.

How can you make sure that you do this? I recommend to all of my clients that they get clear on crucial career management techniques that will help them grow and thrive in their organization.

Key message: Everything you do in the present should help set you up for a more successful future. The sooner you start to angle yourself towards achieving your dreams, the faster you’ll get there.

Here are 6 easy ways for you to create a rewarding future right now:

1. Showcase your personal brand, always.

To do this, consider one simple question: what do you want to be known for? When you have your answer, set out a plan for how you’re going to make sure that other people know about it. Do you want to be known for your expertise in finance? Share your knowledge with others by forwarding them interesting articles, starting a blog of your own, or offering tips and advice to your peers.

2. Understand the business.

During your first few months in a new role, do your research and find out all you can about the strategic priorities of your organization. If you can’t find enough resources to gain a clear understanding, reach out to your manager and schedule a meeting with them. Ask them key questions about how your role fits with organizational strategy and what some important deliverables are for you in the next few months. You should also ensure that you know your department’s organizational structure as well as some key divisions that you may be working with so that you can orient yourself.

3. Build strong relationships.

Strong relationships will not only help you feel more comfortable in your organization, they’ll also be there for you if you need to draw on them in the future. Take the time to consider this:

  • Who are the key players in your organization?
  • Who are the high performers that you can learn from?
  • Who could potentially become your mentor?

When you’ve compiled this list of names, target who you’re going to connect to. A great way to start building a meaningful relationship is to set up a casual informational interview over coffee. This will give you an opportunity to ask for advice, gain knowledge, and make a personal connection.

4. Know how you are being evaluated.

Take the time to get to know the performance measurement metrics so that you can assess what it takes to get to the next level. Don’t be afraid to reach out to your manager for this – the closer a relationship you have with them, the more likely it will be that they’ll look to you when the time comes for a promotion or leadership opportunity!

5. Develop a quarterly game plan.

Your overall career goals should guide everything that you do in your current role. Developing a game plan is a great way to track your successes, keep you motivated, and ensure that you’re accomplishing what you need to in order to achieve your dreams. Have a plan in place for each quarter. When you reach the end of the quarter, take stock of where you are, what you’ve achieved, and where you need to go from here.

6. Learn continuously.

Always take the time to develop yourself, both personally and professionally. You can do this by attending training, taking courses, reading books, or subscribing to relevant blogs and websites. To get started, explore some options at your local university or college. If your schedule won’t allow for a formal course, click here and here to find some great online academies with interesting study options!

Wherever you are in your career, if you haven’t done some of the techniques I’ve talked about, it’s never too late to get started!