What should I do in my first 6 months at a startup to stand out? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.
The easiest way to stand is to outwork everyone in the company.
- Get everything done asked of you before it is due.
- Keep asking those around you for more things to do ... and get those things done too.
- Ask people that are not in your org what problems they are having and see if you can write code to help them. You'd be surprised how easy it is to help recruiters, finance people, BD people, salespeople, etc. with just a little bit of code.
As a CEO, the easiest thing for me to notice is who is working the hardest. I always noticed that. Knowing how someone is performing was harder to know (though often those working the hardest are highly correlated with the best performers) and required some investigation. So I would always notice the new hires who were clearly getting everything asked of them done and started pestering people for more things to do.
I once worked with a summer intern who got everything we asked him to do for the first week in the first day. It was a long day, but it was a day. So we gave him 5 times more work to do for the next week ... but somehow that only took him two days to do it. So he started pestering us to give him more and more things to do. He was really hard to manage because we could never stay in front of him ... he was (and still is) a superstar. We obviously gave him a full time offer. And he became one of the leaders in the company -- eventually becoming a VP and being the main champion of the new strategic direction that ended up defining our success.
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