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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Wednesday Wisdom: Seven Tips for Making an Impression in the Workplace

Following along with this week's theme, today's Wednesday Wisdom is about how to make an impression at work.  I started an internship right out of college, and when it was supposed to end, the company extended it five more months.  A full-time position opened up, and I was very fortunate to receive so many recommendations from my co-workers and ultimately receive the job.  I know lots of y'all are interning at the moment, so I wanted to share these tips with you, as they are what helped me to snag my first "big girl" job!



1.  Be friendly to everyone.  I'm a firm believer that kindness is key, but it is especially so in the workplace.  With my previous employer, I was in a position where we were reminded that we are ambassadors for our city.  It's the same concept as always wearing your "invisible letters."  The last thing you want to do is be the reason someone sees your business as rude.  Burning bridges in business is tricky, because you never know when you will have to work with someone again!  My ex-boyfriend interned where I worked for five months, and we both made it out alive.  So be friendly to everyone - the janitorial staff, the CEO, the most powerful person in town, the most normal person in town.  You'll be surprised at who will take notice.

2. Know why you were hired.  When I was recruited for my new position, my now boss sat me down and gave me a list of reasons why he wanted me to work for his company.  It was flattering, but most importantly, it helped me to take out a lot of the "guess work."  It's more than knowing your job title, it's knowing the qualities that you possess that help you stand out.  My boss talked a lot about my personality and how I was super bubbly, but still remained professional.  So when there was a board meeting on my first day, and I felt super intimidated and timid, I remembered I was here for a reason, and I brought my A-game (and a big smile!)

3. Take every opportunity to learn.  One thing I loved about my previous job was that I was doing something new every day.  To me, that's really important in a job, because it not only gives you an opportunity to learn, but an opportunity to broaden your skill set.  It's unreal how many random skills I picked up with my previous employer, but also how many skills I picked up that helped me to obtain my current job and that help with my blog.  So if your boss wants to send you to a conference, go!  If you have to learn how to use a difficult computer program, do it!  It may not always be fun, but it will help you grow personally and professionally.

4. Be a problem solver.  I spent the second part of my internship under the problem solver of the office.  Let me tell you something - that really affected the way that I operate my personal and professional life.  After seeing everyone bring her minute, easily fixable problems that needed to be handled and got in the way of her having time to complete her own work, I decided I would try to solve my problems on my own first, and then seek help if I couldn't figure it out.  Remember Chicken Little and the ever-falling sky? Don't be Chicken Little!

5. If you have a question, ask.  This may sound a little contradictory to the point above, but I promise it's not!  I had minimal training when I started my first job, but I had become best friends with Ginny, who had the same job that I did for a different department.  I really tried to be self sufficient, but I struggled with writing press releases.  When I broke down and asked Ginny, she was super happy to help me out, and ended up mentoring me until she moved to Montana!  Never be afraid to ask questions.

6. Know how to make the coffee.  And know how to do all of the other jobs that you may feel are "beneath you" or don't pertain to your position.  I'm really thankful for my internship experience, because when I was hired on full time, I understood the inner workings of the business.  I knew the procedures for opening and closing, I knew how to work all of the technology, I knew where the vacuum and trash bags were kept.  I knew all of the less than glamorous parts of the job that more seasoned professionals didn't really care to know.  And I knew how to make the coffee.

7. Always be willing to help.  Do you know why I knew how to make the coffee at work?  Our CEO taught me.  He is the perfect example of leadership, because he would never ask you to do something that he wouldn't be willing to do himself!  Sometimes it's not fun to sacrifice your Saturday night to work check-in for a craft beer and cheese event that benefits your co-worker's program, but you can bet that when you need volunteers to bar tend at your charity gala, she'll be right there.

I hope that you found these tips to be beneficial!  I'd love to know what your tips are for making an impression in the workplace :)  Feel free to leave them down in the comments!

Happy Wednesday, y'all!  And if you don't mind, could you remember my friends and I in your prayers for safe travels?  We roadtrip to Savannah tomorrow!

XX,

SS

34 comments:

  1. Great tips, I've heard similar things from my friends who were lucky enough to be given job offers after successful internships! Knowing how to ask questions and being willing to help sound like some of the most important!
    xx, Mikkaela
    The Southwestern Prepster

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  2. Great tips! I definitely agree with being nice to everyone and don't think you're above anyone, as in the future they might be the ones to help you. As a student nurse, the people I learnt the most from was kitchen staff and healthcare assistants!

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    Sarah
    https://everydayconcepts.wordpress.com

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  3. Great tips! I definitely agree with being nice to everyone and don't think you're above anyone, as in the future they might be the ones to help you. As a student nurse, the people I learnt the most from was kitchen staff and healthcare assistants!

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    Sarah
    https://everydayconcepts.wordpress.com

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  4. These are such great tips! I definitely need to ask why I was hired, that's a great idea! In both of my internships this past year I've been asked to stay on! I utilized all these tips to make it happen!
    xoxo

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  5. Such great tips! This post was such a nice little nudge to always put my best foot forward!

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  6. Have fun in Savannah, girl!
    Also, these tips are fabulous.
    Definitely essential for standing out in the workplace.

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

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  7. All great tips! I always like to remind myself not to say "no" to tasks that come my way just because they're outside of my job description, outside of my skill set, or I feel a little too busy. Obviously, I sometimes actually have to say no, but I need to have a super good reason in my mind to allow myself to!

    Sarah
    Sweet Spontaneity

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  8. These are excellent skills for all adults working with others--so wonderful to learn them well and early--especially asking questions and being friendly/ kind to everyone. Nice work. : )

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  9. These are all really great tips. As someone who is also new to a position, I'm definitely trying to go above and beyond when it comes to making an early impression.
    -Alex
    www.monstermisa.blogspot.com

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  10. These are amazing tips! I think that every single thing you said is valuable at work and in other arenas of life as well! Have the best time in Savannah, I can't wait to hear about it!

    http://apeachysonder.blogspot.com

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  11. These are amazing tips girl, I love that the CEO of your last company is the one who taught you how to make the coffee. I think it is so important to always be friendly and to be a problem solver. Hope you're loving your new job!

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  12. Seriously amazing tips, girl!! I especially love the tip about knowing why you were hired! So often it's easy to feel overwhelmed and and like you're not capable. You need to remember you were hired because you can do anything. Love this! Xx

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  13. These are great tips and something that I think we should always keep in mind!

    Lauren
    The Fashionista's Diary

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  14. These tips are all things I will be sure to implement! I couldn't agree more with asking questions, I used to feel so silly asking questions, but now, I'd rather look silly then not know the answer!

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  15. #1 is so huge! You should definitely be nice to everyone because every opinion of all the employees matters, especially during an internship. Also, I completely agree with #3! There are so many opportunities to gain knowledge, whether you see yourself doing that as a career or not. Such great tips!

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  16. I totally agree with your tips and find them absolutely helpful!!
    great post, dear!!
    xx, Natali

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  17. Great tips! I couldn't agree more! I think the first, being kind to everyone is SO HUGE. Kindness goes a long way!

    xo Ashley

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  18. I love Knowing Why You Were Hired, because it allows you to zero in on those skills and to kick ass in those specific areas...and like you said takes the guess work out of it

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  19. All these tips are great and totally helpful. I don't have a job but I make these pertinent to my internships and campus involvements.

    xoxo, Danielle
    www.glamrme.com

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  20. #1 and #3 are my favorites! Being a genuinely nice person and always taking opportunities are great qualities for a solid employee. I think they show you are serious about your job but also take the time to know people which can help in any business environment!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://www.how2wearit.com

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  21. These tips are really great & helpful!! I'm happy to see that I've already been doing a lot of these at my current internship :)

    Kayla | kaylablogs.com

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  22. Being nice and knowing how to make coffee are so essential! It can be rough being the entry level person at your job, but these tips are amazing for a successful time at any company.

    xo, Alicia | Alicia Tenise

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  23. I love these tips. It's always a good reminder to use these daily. Thanks for sharing! :)

    Shauna

    www.lipglossandlace.net

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  24. I love these tips. It's always a good reminder to use these daily. Thanks for sharing! :)

    Shauna

    www.lipglossandlace.net

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  25. Great tips! P.S. I still don't know how to make the coffee haha

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  26. What great tips! I'm going to apply these to my future internships
    Alexandra | www.sincerely-alexandra.com

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  27. These are such great tips... but I'll be honest, I never did figure out how to make the coffee! My co-workers went to Starbucks anyways ;)

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  28. These are such great points. I agree with all of them. It's so important to be nice and to show that you are a team player!

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  29. Absolutely love your tips! I did an internship at JP Morgan when I was 14 and #6 is SO important! Love that photo too, your office looks amazing! :)

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  30. These tips are all GOLDEN. So so so so so SO spot on, Dana. And can I also just point out that your outfit is en pointe?
    But you're right...approaching everything with a positive attitude and smile and appropriately adapting to your respective workplace is all key. AND making the coffee! When big wig prospective clients come into the agency I'm currently at, anyone has to be ready to grab coffee and accommodate and make a great impression. Awesome tips!

    Coming Up Roses

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  31. Haha #6 is perfect! I once had a really awkward experience where my boss asked me to get her a cup of coffee and I had no idea where it was!

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  32. I absolutely love these tips and can't wait to apply them at my next internship. I also think it's super important to always stay busy because if you have a lot of downtime you aren't growing and learning.

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  33. I am always shocked at how few people go to the extra mile to problem solve in the workplace! Being able to think two steps ahead and troubleshoot basic problems will take you far. Great post with lots of important info!

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  34. Although I'm not technically entering the "business" world, all of these concepts can be used in the teaching world as well! I love how you used the "know how to make the coffee" rule-it's so important to never let jobs be beneath you. Work hard and you'll succeed for sure :)

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista

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