With a brand-new job comes a new place, new coworkers, and a new set of rules to get used to. I recently snagged what I call my first “big girl” journalist job, and I’ve been crazy busy adjusting to life with a full-time position. I’ve been learning the rules of the road and putting my kick-ass writing skills to the test. Now that I’ve seen a few things, I’ve got a few tricks of the trade to share with all you fellow boss vinas! To help you feel confident and prepared in taking the plunge into adulthood, keep reading for five ways to rock your new job and bring out those #LadyBrag vibes.
1. STAY ORGANIZED
Staying organized is one of the MOST important things you can do. If you’re unorganized, you get sloppy and that’s how mistakes are made. Honestly, post-it notes are a lifesaver. Whenever I have tasks that I need to remember, I write memos on post-its and stick them to my computer. I keep a journal for all of my day-to-day notes (which also serves as a reference book when I need to double-check myself), and a planner for important dates, deadlines, and meetings. And hey, going as screen free as possible is also good for the eyes, and mind! Bonus!
2. DON’T SUCK UP
This is something I’ve already learned in my short time with the company: sucking up gets you nowhere. It may seem like a beneficial short-term solution that makes you look good, but it’s not smart–it’s desperate. You are worth so much more than that. Get to where you want to go by being efficient, open to criticism, and always ready to jump into action. Keep that eye on the prize vinas!
3. GET TO KNOW YOUR COWORKERS
You’re there to work, yes, but you’re also there to make connections and start friendships that could last for years to come. These people will be your lifeline eight hours a day, so start building bridges! Go out for drinks when a coworker invites you, take that extra minute to chat with someone in the hallway, or write a funny post-it note and stick it on her desk. Life is all about the little things, even at the office!
4. WHEN IN DOUBT, ASK!
There’s a stigma that comes with asking a lot of questions, especially when it comes from a woman. We’re often worried about being too much, or asking for too much, but there is power in knowledge! Always ask questions if you need reassurance. Don’t bite your tongue in fear of what others will think, odds are, they’re wondering the same thing! Be the person to speak out. Taking the time to double-check the little things shows dedication on your part, even if you’re 98% sure you’re right.
5. CUT YOURSELF SOME SLACK
Girl, when it comes down to it, it’s a whole new job with a whole new set of rules that you’re still adjusting to. You’re allowed to make mistakes, as long as you learn from them. Don’t beat yourself up. Do what you can, pour yourself a glass of wine when you get home, and remember that tomorrows a new day. When in doubt, text your vinas for a little extra support!
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