How to Gain Credibility When You Have Little Experience

by Andy Molinsky and Jake Newfield

To be successful, young workers need to be seen as credible before they have had the opportunity to build expertise from the ground up. It’s an incredibly difficult obstacle for younger workers in their first job to overcome. But there are five activities that young professionals can do to jumpstart their career trajectories: leverage your research skills; identify your specific contribution; volunteer for unenviable assignments; manage your workload and communicate proactively; and build a network of close relationships. Your coworkers won’t see you as a crucial part of the organization until you prove yourself to be one. But by using the tools, assets, and capabilities that you already have as a young worker, you can overcome the credibility paradox and jump start your career in the process. (Read the full article)