As I mentioned in my 2017 resolutions, working on my career continues to be one of my top priorities. As with all things in my life, I want to take advantage of this opportunity to the fullest, so I’ve gathered a few tidbits of advice to help me make the most of my career this year. I hope you find them as helpful as I do!
1. Make sure to create a Google Doc or keep a notebook to track your progress and any special projects you work on. Not only is it helpful to keep a record of your accomplishments for future reference (i.e. yearly reviews, future interviews, etc.), but it shows your growth in your position. It may even spark new ideas in the future!
2. Try to make your work day as efficient as possible. For me, creating a priority list is a must – especially when it’s especially crazy. I start either the night before or the morning off with writing down the tasks that hold the highest priority at the top and work my way down throughout the day, editing and adding when needed, while also budgeting my time for each task wisely. I can’t tell you how satisfying it is to cross off an item from the list!
3. One of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned from both interning and working has been to volunteer for a task or project that no one wants – it’s usually the one that people will remember you by and the fact that you’re willing to put in that extra mile. Asking for more responsibility shows that you can handle more (just don’t volunteer for a task or a job when your plate is filled to the brim!).
4. Study your boss or the person above you. And when I say study, I mean watch how they handle their tasks, command meetings, solve conflicts, interact with fellow co-workers and even how they dress. As a bonus, going out of your way to treat that person to coffee to spend some time asking for their advice on how they manage their position is only going to be beneficial. Regardless of how the coffee meeting goes, follow-up with a thank you and build a genuine relationship in case you need their help on something later on.
Also, reading or listening to career-based podcasts (if you haven’t realized, I’m obsessed with Lori Harder’s ‘Earn Your Happy’ podcast) and books on tape are helpful for discovering new ideas and resources. These seven leadership book recommendations from the Career Contessa are great!
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5. First of all, don’t ask a stranger! I’ve heard of people doing this and because of the lack of connection in their relationship, the “mentorship” went downhill… Finding a mentor should come naturally. Look into old bosses from internships, jobs, etc. Also, don’t be afraid to reach out to your company or even outside your line of business. The industry may be different, but learning what they do and how they do it successfully can help you thrive at your own job. Make sure you are worthy of being a supportive and hard-working “mentee” as well
What are your tips for getting the most out of your job? Let’s hear them!