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I started my first paying job when I was 10.
I knew it was work and that I was earning money but since it was as local talent in a national ballet company, it didn’t really feel like I had a job…more like I was getting paid to have fun! A lot changed over the years as my jobs became more about earning an income for my family and less about just having fun. Along the way, I was lucky enough to learn some very wise career advice from some amazing mentors that has really changed my life!
Here are my favorite career tips:
1. Make yourself indispensable. Know your job and how to help your superiors do their jobs better. Make it so that your help is necessary, not a luxury.
2. Go above and beyond. This goes with making yourself indispensable. Don’t just stop at completing your job. Do more and do it better!
3. Accept all opportunities to learn more. If your company offers learning opportunities or way to further your education, do them all. Take home learning material or study it on breaks. Never stop bettering yourself.
4. Tackle your most important project first thing in the morning. The day always bring new issues, make sure you take care of what you need to get first thing in the morning so that it gets done before other things get in the way. You will also get a bump of energy knowing that it is already finished.
5. The early bird gets the worm. Don’t ever be late to work. Get there early.
6. Don’t become too comfortable. Always keep looking for changes in your industry. Adjust to these changes and stay ahead of the curve.
7. Stay away from office gossip. Don’t be a part of either side of it. Keep your personal life at home and don’t participate in gossip about others.
8. You must enjoy your work to be successful. The most successful people love what they do. Find your passion and find a way to earn an income doing it.
9. You don’t have to enjoy every aspect of your job to like what you do. As long as you like doing the main part of your job you will be okay. Nobody loves every aspect of their job.
10. Dress for the job you want, not the job you have. So important! This was one of the first bits of wisdom I learned. Dress for the job you aspire to have, not just the one you have today. If you are the receptionist but want to be the manager dress the part. It is a lot easier to get a promotion when you already look the part… and when you’ve been preparing yourself for the new job too!
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Those are my recommendations, but do you have any of your own?
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These are really great tips! My first jobs were babysitting and blueberry raking. Man I hated blueberry raking lol.
Make yourself indispensable is one of the greatest ones I’ve ever heard! What better way to prove your worth than not being able to find anyone else to do your job the way you do it!
Great tips. I would be hesitant for #1 though. Being indispensable also means less consideration for promotion. I have seen and heard of situations where people were not promoted because they couldn’t afford to lose that person in that position. Be great, but be aware.
These are some excellent tips! I really like the one for dressing for the job you want rather than the one you have. It also puts you in the right mindset. Before I became a mom and was an office worker – i had days where I would VPN into my work computer and work from home. Rather than working in my PJs like I could have I still dressed up for the day – not full business attire but still relatively professional. I just felt so sloppy and out of place if I didn’t dress up when working at home.
I def agree with doing the hardest right away in the morning. I feel more accomplished then and also don’t have to think about it the rest of the day.
Wonderful career advice! I couldn’t have stated it better. So many people could benefit from this post!
Yep, I agree with that completely. If you plan on doing something long term, make sure you like it!
All those are great tips indeed! I do agree that, we must enjoy our work to be successful and make our-self as indispensable. Thanks a lot for sharing this wonderful tips for a successful career.
Those area really great tips! I totally agree that you must enjoy your work to be successful. I love my first job after college. Unfortunately, the company had to close.
I like the tip about seizing opportunities that give you a chance to grow and learn. This has worked out really well for myself.
This is so helpful! Thank you! I need to think about returning to the workforce one day.
Oh my goodness, these are all fabulous tips! Thanks so much for sharing!
These are all great tips. Number 10 was a big one for me. I made a point to dress for the career I wanted.
I started my first paying job at a really young age too, I think 10. I was paid for passing out flyers for a cleaning business!
I live by #5, it’s something I always grew up hearing and something I constantly say to my daughters! I’m loving your list, thank you for sharing.
To enjoy work is one of the greatest tips ever – that is indeed important.
Work hard, be nice that’s the model I live by. Sometimes it’s hard but I rather carry myself in a positive manner then prove a point.
Thanks for these awesome tips. I am going to share these with my daughters.
I could have I still dressed up for the day – not full business attire but still relatively professional. I just felt so sloppy and out of place if I didn’t dress up when working at home.
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