If you were mentioned in a private conversation between your co-workers or professional peers, what would they say about you professionally? What do you think would be the first thing that came to mind when they spoke about you? Work ethic? Wealth of knowledge? Great leader? Well whatever you may think it is, make sure that you are exemplifying what you are trying to portray. Wherever your dreams lie, and whatever you decide to do professionally, make sure you define yourself in these 3 ways:
1. Having Fundamentally Sound Work Ethic
Sounds simple? Well, it is, but it gets overlooked far too often. Making sure you pay attention to the small details of your career like showing up to work 5-10 minutes early, and not habitually being the first to bolt out when it’s time to leave are the obvious choices for a good start. Picking at least 2 days out of the week to “work through” lunch while eating something is never a bad look.
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2. Communication is Important in Any Professional Relationship
Give updates and organized, detailed information of your plan and how you’re going to execute. Keeping in contact with those who need to be in the know will not only keep everyone on the same page, but will let others know that you are focused on the task at hand. Unless otherwise expressed, updates 1-2 times a week should do.
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3. Integrity is King
Nothing is respected as much as integrity in the workplace. While hard working individuals often get far, you can’t go anywhere without the trust of your peers.
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Be careful not to overlook them, as they often are, because many feel that they are assumed values. Trust that they are not, as attention to detail makes all the difference. These three things are foundational activities that when practiced with consistency, will help cement your status in your career.