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HOW TO FIND YOUR GIRL GANG AT YOUR SUMMER JOB

Community is key when it comes to loving your job!

Summer is right around the corner, and *gasp* so are seasonal temp jobs and internships. Making a good impression is obviously important in the professional sense, but what about social impressions? It’s equally necessary but often overlooked to make some close friends at work, whether it be for professional support, networking, or just plain old friendship! Here’s how to form your girl gang at your summer job.

WALK TO THE BUS/TRAIN/HOME

Ask, “Are you going this way?” if you leave the building at the same time as a coworker. There’s a high chance they will be, and you can let your guard down a bit more as you chat. Make it a routine, and soon enough you’ll be waiting for each other by the door!

GO FOR DRINKS

If you’re free after work, and of age, ask a colleague or two whether they’d like to grab a drink nearby. This is a super casual way of moving the relationship towards the friendship zone, and you’ll most likely have a good humored time! If you don’t drink, grab coffee, tea, or any other form of preferred beverage.

CASUALLY MENTION YOUR PERSONAL LIFE

You don’t have to bare your soul to do this. Just drop a non-work related comment about your rent, sister, dog, or S/O. There’s a good chance that they’ll cling to the chance to switch up conversation topics, or talk about something other than work. They may even respond in kind with their own advice or personal information. As time goes on and you feel more comfortable you can disclose more private information, but keep it light at first!

START A GROUP CHAT

Once you feel more comfortable with your work vinas, start a group chat with the message “drinks?” or a funny meme or photo, it could even be to comment on something from work. This creates the feeling of a “girl gang” and will make work a lot more bearable when you occasionally receive a cute or funny text from someone who just gets it.¬†

LAUGH A LOT

A couple of giggles go a long way in the beginning stages of friendship. Keep the jokes or witty sarcastic comments coming and watch your relationship blossom.

Any experience with workplace friendships? Tag a vina and comment below!

(Featured image via The Every Girl) 

Editorial Intern @ VINA. From SF, CA...I love books, fashion & travel!

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