Social Media is Not a Career –It is simply a function of marketing; it helps support branding, a means to get more awareness, more users or more revenue. It’s not an end in itself. Don’t latch on to a saddle however smelling of horseflesh if the horse is not under you.
Pick Up the Phone – ‘Be a mensch’ and show yourself as one, which you cannot from behind your computer. Business gets done on the phone and in person. So keep your smile ready and it will be a winner if you also have developed skills to project your personality through voice attention and inner warmth. It should be your first instinct, not last, to talk to a real person and source business opportunities
Be the First In & Last to Leave This advice I give to the 20-year olds with some trepidation. In my day as an apprentice when the employer palmed you with his discards and $ 3 per month for tea my rule was be the last to arrive and first to leave. No more. In these days your boss fires by email ‘u r fired, sry’ out of the blue. Company that you grew with and almost lived your life will dump you. So wise up to sobs whose ethics is all set like a hologram in a $5 bill carries no more value.
For those who mean to excel no matter what here is my advice: Pay for the hire and to show your good will give quality time to your work. Still in the formative stages of your professional career you have more ground to make up than everyone else around you which you shall not achieve on this strictly work- for- pay mentality. If you know better than the rest no company worth its name will risk losing you for some measly $100. If you have something to prove, work like hell since your colleagues shall not be sitting on their butts knowing your work experience in quality is in leaps and bounds than theirs , and you do have something to prove. There’s only one sure-fire way to get ahead, and that’s to work harder than all of your peers.
Don’t Wait to Be Told What to Do – If you have no responsibility your duty calls elsewhere. You’ll never get ahead by waiting for someone to tell you what to do. Saying “nobody asked me to do this” while the leaky faucet is flooding the canteen tells your boss in Acme Waterworks Plumbing &Sanitation Co. one thing: ‘plumbing isn’t your line.
Take Responsibility for Your Mistakes – You should be making lots of mistakes when you’re early on in your career. But you shouldn’t be defensive about errors in judgment or execution. Stop trying to justify your F-ups. You’re only going to grow by embracing the lessons learned from your mistakes, and committing to learn from those experiences.
You Should Be Getting Your Butt Kicked –Working for someone that demands excellence and pushes your limits every day will build the most solid foundation for your ongoing professional success.
A New Job a Year Isn’t a Good Thing – It takes about 2-3 years to master any new critical skill, give yourself at least that much time before you jump ship. Otherwise your resume reads as a series of red flags on why not to be hired.
People Matter More Than Perks – It’s so trendy to pick the company that offers the most flex time, unlimited meals, company massages, game rooms and team outings. Those should all matter, but not as much as the character of your founders and managers. Great leaders will mentor you and will be a loyal source of employment long after you’ve left. (-(Ack:Forbes July 23,13 Jason Nazar)