These days career success means more than working hard and being qualified. To be truly successful you need recognition from your boss, colleagues and stakeholders and self management is key to being noticed for all the right reasons.

Here are eight tips to get you off to a great start:

Practice the art of listening

Absorb knowledge like a sponge. Never restrict yourself to your department only. It pays to know other functions and other people within the business.

Avoid gossip

Gossip is one thing that can make life very uncomfortable for you if you’re the victim of gossip or for your colleague. Know what’s happening in the office but stay away from discussing it or spreading rumours however tempting it may be.

Update your skills and knowledge constantly

The world today moves fast and you’ll need to keep up with digital innovations as well as global business trends. Make an effort to be ahead of developments in your field of work.

Be well prepared for meetings

Be efficient in your work and have facts and figures at the tips of your fingers to be efficient. Make suggestions that can be backed up by action.

Be dependable

Being dependable doesn’t mean being a door mat. Let people know they can depend on you to deliver on the job. Be the first to accept extra responsibilities, or lend a hand when a team is working to achieve a deadline.

Be friendly and pleasant.

Be friendly and pleasant, smile and have an open attitude. Work is a people business and if you look approachable people will on the whole, treat you in kind.

Respect and obey procedures.

Colleagues who think that procedures apply to everyone else except them are tiresome, often creating more work because they chose to ignore the office protocol

Be organised and methodical

Be organised and methodical in your work so that you can deliver to deadlines. It takes more than talent to impress your boss and colleagues these days – so make sure you present yourself in the best way possible at work.