I recently accepted a job I'm very excited about. I'll be working for a large company which is expanding some of its consulting services, following several successful contract bids.
The large contracts have created a power- and knowledge-vacuum in a relatively small side of the company. As a result of this, the department I'm being hired into is expanding by roughly 50% by the time of my start date. Many of those joining the team will be younger, entry level folks like myself.
While I anticipate being slightly better prepared than most due to my previous experience, I hold no delusions about being the absolute best and brightest. My question is: what's the best way to impress? With the large influx of new faces, should I really try to get my head and shoulders above the rest, or get my head down and do good, solid work and let the productivity charts sing my praises (doing both is good, but kissing butt takes time that could be spent learning)?