From our first day at work and as time goes by, we show a desire to keep growing, learning and achieving new goals. However, in order reach that point we must practice new actions.
Some of us, are very dedicated to working. We focus on what has to be done, to the point we neglect out our social lives. That is a serious mistake. Now more than ever it is very important to make connections, create and have a strong professional network. Do not only seek for those that have an open position, your colleagues and the people who you work with are just as important. While professional relations with other fields is important, remember to narrow your focus to your own field of work, it might come in handy one day.
Many of us still think that branding and marketing are only for those massive business conglomerates. However, is no secret that nowadays people can do branding and marketing for themselves. In fact, it happens each day in both subtle and bold ways. Just by striking up a conversation, the way you dress, your behavior at work, and your overall attitude is a way you market and brand yourself. Be the person that everybody wants to know, meet, and work with. It is also important to create a network of contacts, put yourself out there! It is never a bad thing to know too many people. We might also have the chance to meet people we admired or we looked for in our work field. If you get to have the opportunity to have that persons as a mentor, don’t over think it. These people can guide you and give great advice.
In companies or organization, people value persons who take that extra mile. So don’t be afraid to participate, to innovate, to share your ideas and to challenge yourself. Keep in mind that in this competitive era we need to be more adaptable and flexible and to do more of what is required. But if you already have certain activities, tasks, projects on the road that are your responsibility, you have to be truth to yourself and know how much you can carry on your shoulders. It is ok to say no when you can’t support others people requests.
Since we start our education, year after year the system tries to give us tools which will provide us different skills and abilities. Those things we might had thought were unnecessary actually help us to be better prepared and to perform well in our workplace: presentation, speeches, group projects, break time, among others. All these things were meant to train and build the best version of ourselves, to be confident, a good team player and to learn how to get the work done.
When you and your team have great results, this reflects on the department where you work in or the company. This is a collective accomplishment and needs to be celebrated! Do not go crazy but enjoy it and be happy for the good work that was done!
Although you are an excellent employee and you have all the required skills, attitude and abilities, you can’t leave aside how you look. It is just as important as giving our best personal presentation to our colleagues, clients and all the people that we interact with the working environment.
Although among the road, we will find certain problems, difficulties, and challenges we need to look at them as new opportunities to learn and be part of the solution. This challenges might be hard to overcome sometimes, that is why we need to keep in mind certain aspects such as: accepting feedback and constructive criticism. Even though some of you have a hard time receiving this, my recommendation is to take a deep breath and see this as a learning experience, as a constructive comment that will lead us to progress. Also keep in mind always to be humble, kind and respectful to others.
Consider having a backup plan, a card under the table. Not always what we aim to achieve can be done in just one way. If you find yourself in a tough situation, try to keep calm and focus on what can be done to overcome the problem.
Living in the technological era offers many advantages among which the infinite possibilities to access information. Everything is just one click away. You can find online courses from multiple fields, you can start learning a new language, how to manage a software and how to develop new skills. Take your time and give it a trying!
All this advice and tips could lead you to become a great resource for the people you work with, that is always a great thing because you must be doing something good and to act more professionally.