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What are ways that we can build and maintain good relationships with our colleagues and leave a good impression on our higher ups?

Asked Las Vegas, Nevada

I am a high school student and I’ve have had some difficulty with being more social and connecting with others. I want to not only be able to secure a good career, but I also want to also build healthy relationships with others. I am hoping to gain more insight into the working field so that I can learn and prepare to be ready later on.
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Somaly’s Answer

Updated El Segundo, California

This is a great question! Relationships are key in every aspect of your life. Here are some things that have helped me build strong relationships with my colleagues and higher ups. Building strong relationships has given me so many additional opportunities in life, it's a huge asset to your career.

  1. Be uplifting, congratulate people on their success.
  2. Help when you can even if it's outside your own workload. They will return the favor when you need it!
  3. Be low maintenance for your higher ups. Try to find the possible solutions before you just present them with the problem.
  4. Be Teachable. Being open to feedback will only make you better. This can sometimes be a challenge when you feel strongly about your own idea, or it's not what you wanted to hear. However, most of the time your leadership has your best interest in mind and do your best to be open and apply what they are saying. I found when my boss can see I take their feedback and use it to improve they want to help me succeed even more!

Somaly recommends the following next steps:

  • I would read How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie.

Lashay’s Answer


Great question! You need to know their expectations and then exceed them. Just meeting all expectations is not enough because it is thought that you can easily do that, the reason you were hired. Some way to exceed in the work place is to communicate clearly, be creative, be flexible and adaptable to change, especially at short notice. Also, remain open-minded and a continuous learner. Finally, find ways to help the boss and yourself work smoother and faster, typically technology. I hope this helps with your success!

Ken’s Answer

Updated Cleveland, Ohio

You asked a very important question. A good place to start is to learn more about yourself and be able to place yourself in an environment that will recognize your best innate qualities, allow you to nature them, involve you with other people who share such qualities, and allow you to use them to create a better world. Through my years in Human Resources, here are some tips which I think that will help you.

Ken recommends the following next steps:

  • The first step is to take an interest and aptitude test and have it interpreted by your school counselor to see if you share the personality traits necessary to enter a particular career field. You might want to do this again upon entry into college, as the interpretation might differ slightly due to the course offering of the school. However, do not wait until entering college, as the information from the test will help to determine the courses that you take in high school. Too many students, due to poor planning, end up paying for courses in college which they could have taken for free in high school.
  • Next, when you have the results of the testing, talk to the person at your high school and college who tracks and works with graduates to arrange to talk to, visit, and possibly shadow people doing what you think that you might want to do, so that you can get know what they are doing and how they got there. Here are some tips: ## http://www.wikihow.com/Network ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/nonawkward-ways-to-start-and-end-networking-conversations ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-questions-to-ask-your-network-besides-can-you-get-me-a-job?ref=carousel-slide-1 ##
  • Locate and attend meetings of professional associations to which people who are doing what you think that you want to do belong, so that you can get their advice. These associations may offer or know of intern, coop, shadowing, and scholarship opportunities. These associations are the means whereby the professionals keep abreast of their career area following college and advance in their career. Here are some tips: ## https://www.careeronestop.org/BusinessCenter/Toolkit/find-professional-associations.aspx?&frd=true ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/9-tips-for-navigating-your-first-networking-event ##
  • It is very important to express your appreciation to those who help you along the way to be able to continue to receive helpful information and to create important networking contacts along the way. Here are some good tips: ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-informational-interview-thank-you-note-smart-people-know-to-send?ref=recently-published-2 ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/3-tips-for-writing-a-thank-you-note-thatll-make-you-look-like-the-best-candidate-alive?bsft_eid=7e230cba-a92f-4ec7-8ca3-2f50c8fc9c3c&bsft_pid=d08b95c2-bc8f-4eae-8618-d0826841a284&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily_20171020&utm_source=blueshift&utm_content=daily_20171020&bsft_clkid=edfe52ae-9e40-4d90-8e6a-e0bb76116570&bsft_uid=54658fa1-0090-41fd-b88c-20a86c513a6c&bsft_mid=214115cb-cca2-4aec-aa86-92a31d371185&bsft_pp=2 ##
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