Refining the art to impress your boss early in your career can bring awe, fantastic first impressions, and a reputation that no new grad normally has. And then the support that this Supervisor will provide you will extend no end. Want this? Read on.
But first, before we continue, you need to make a decision. Now I need you to stop your multitasking and focus completely. This is the part where I need your absolute and full attention. How much do you want it? This is the question you need to ask yourself deeply within. Life within law is not easy, otherwise everyone would do it. When you graduate with a law degree from a top university, you have worked so hard to build a theoretical foundation of knowledge, however it is the people you work with in your first clerkship, internship position or law graduate position that teach you the practical elements of life in law. But for them to really ‘teach’ you, they need to something in return. They need to know you are ‘truly’ invested. That you are really trying, exerting yourself, pushing yourself to learn, development and evolve, that you are learning from each and every of those mistakes you make. That you support their teaching style (and there are time where you may not enjoy it, or even feel it is fair) but you are not out there bitching off about them, their practice group, team or work at the first instance you get.
Your boss needs to know that you are invested in the firm and in them. It is through little steps that this is noticed and your strong reputation is built.
So below is some of the tips I share with those starting out in their legal career, wanting to make a good impression with enthusiasm:
By taking steps to impress your boss, you will prove that you are present, active and invested in your future, theirs and their practice. It demonstrates you as forward thinking individual who wants to make a difference to the organisation and your own career. This in turn will only mean great things for you - greater responsibility, an accelerated learning trajectory, being exposed to others within the firm and opportunities, all of which goes to building a strong reputation for you and your work. If nothing else, you will likely develop a more focussed relationship with your boss, who is in fact your own brand advocate. Not many give thought to the fact that your Partner is your brand advocate - they speak for your performance to others, they promote you and your work if they are seeing a stellar performance, or they promote you poorly if they are underwhelmed by your output. Only you can influence this via your performance firstly, and your enthusiasm and passion, so be committed, get feedback on your performance and work towards impressing your supervisor daily.
If you have something that should feature in this list, I’d love to hear what it is and how it’s working for you. Get in touch and let’s continue the conversation !