No matter where an employee works, they usually like the idea of being seen in a positive light by their employer. Sometimes, it doesn’t always work out and the employer ends up with a negative impression of the employee. Regardless of whether you’re a new hire or someone who has been with the company for five years, you can take steps to improve your relationship with your employer. And young people especially can take steps toward careers in public relations by working to optimize their own reputations. Here are a few tips on making it happen:

1. Always Be Honest

Relationships of all kinds are built on trust and integrity. If your employer can trust what you say, this will go a long way toward building a strong relationship. Even if the truth is unflattering, you need to always tell the truth. Often times you don’t get a second chance to be taken at your word.

2. Be Someone to Count On

Whether you are in the healthcare industry or direct sales, you need to make sure that you are someone that can be counted on. When your employer asks you to do something, you need to come through. Even if you have to stay late to get the job done, make sure that it’s done.

When your employer looks at you as someone that they can count on, this will go a long way toward developing a positive relationship. Part of PR in the digital age is reputation management. A quick Google search will turn up preliminary info testifying to your character. Healthcare staffing services and other medical job portals will not entrust the lives’ of the sick or injured to employees that have not been thoroughly vetted online.

3. Stay Focused

Employers don’t like paying wages for people who sit around and never get anything done. If you can stay focused on what you are supposed to be doing your job, this can make a huge difference in the impression that you create.

Most people who work an eight hour day might only put two or three hours of actual work in. If you’ll just make an effort to work the entire time you’re at work, it can make a lasting impression on your boss.

4. Be Creative

When you are creative, it helps separate yourself from the rest of the pack. If you have good ideas, your employer will start to remember you. You’ll stand out from your fellow employees and start to develop a positive reputation for yourself. Most bosses don’t like “yes men.” They want someone who is going to actually come up with a good idea that the company can use occasionally.

If you’ll take the time to implement some of these traits, you will have a much better chance of looking favorable to your employer. At that point, your career will be much better off as a result.

Liz Becker is a blogger,  freelance writer and recent college graduate. She currently performs market research for an online marketing firm when she is not contributing her own thoughts and observations to the online community for a wide range of clients.