Johnny Roccia, Praxis Director of Business Development and advisor, spends most of his time teaching our participants how to navigate the job market and crush the hiring process — he leads interview workshops, connects our participants with hiring managers, and coaches them through the job hunt. Most of his time is focused on helping our participants land the job. However, Johnny’s spent much of his career working as a manager, and has accumulated a large body of knowledge on how to succeed once you’ve gotten the job — and last week, he made a cameo appearance for our apprenticeship participants to talk to them about his top tips about crushing the job once you’ve landed it.
As Johnny explained: “There is no diploma in life. Praxis isn’t going to hand you a piece of paper, and neither is your job. This probably isn’t the job you’re going to have for the rest of your life, and if it is, you’re probably going to shift roles and advance.”
Learning how to impress your current employer is important — and so is learning how to signal the value you’re creating to the outside world, to set yourself up for future opportunities!
Johnny talked about:
- How to work out loud within the company (and show people what you’re doing)
- How to work out loud outside of the company
- How to ask for concrete evidence when you’re doing a good job (written shoutouts from managers, etc.). If someone gives you positive feedback, ask them to email it to you so you can save it and reference it later.
- How to leave a legacy at a company (creating things that will last long after you’ve moved on).
- How being adequate isn’t good enough — just doing your job means you’re easy to replace. It’s when you go above and beyond that you become increasingly valuable to a company — and more hireable to future managers.
“Leave a lasting impact of some kind that has your name on it, and you’ll be a hero.” — Johnny Roccia
Johnny also talked about the little tricks that help you set yourself apart (and help you impress your managers):
- Job manuals aren’t usually written by people who actually do the job. They’re often written by HR, or written using a template (and therefore not very customized to the specific position). Documenting what you do for the first 30 days creates a fantastic foundation for a thorough training manual for your job — and is a great way to create value from day 1.
- Always credit other people for your success. People remember your willingness to praise and promote others (and your successes won’t get mistaken for someone else’s — everyone will know it was really you). For example: “I broke the sales record this week. My manager is such a great coach.” Nobody doubts that you’re the one who put in the work to break the record — but people also notice that you’re quick to give credit.
- Remember that, when your boss gets promoted, there’s a vacancy for their position, and usually they promote the best person on the team — and that could be you!
- Being liked isn’t everything, but having your coworkers like you is a big part of your success. When people are looking at hiring you, they’re wondering both if you’re going to be good at your job, but also if you’re going to be good to work with.
“The goal isn’t to ‘do your job adequately.’ None of you got your jobs and then said ‘cool, now I can coast.’ BUT, there’s a big difference between having the motivation to maximize and having the knowledge that allows you to do so.” — Johnny Roccia