Career tips good enough for my own daughter
My oldest child just graduated from college and is moving away to the big city to start her first full-time job. So being the person I am, naturally I sat her down for a three-part training session on launching your career.
Here’s what I told her bosses wish their junior staff knew and did but rarely tell them, developed over my years coaching and training both groups.
- Be accountable – “finishers wanted”
- When given an assignment in person, visibly write it down
- When given by email, reply with “got it” or “on it” or a thumbs-up emoji
- Give unsolicited progress reports (not your activities, but your progress)
- When encountering obstacles, push through whenever possible without involving your boss
- Write out the question(s) you would ask
- Pretend you can’t reach the boss – what’s your best guess?
- If you don’t need permission or resources to implement that guess, go for it
- Never bring a problem to your boss without proposing a solution
- Follow instructions
- Do it their way, then innovate (only after doing it their way first)
- Don’t ask for other tasks/responsibilities until you’ve delivered on your assignments
- Succeed at what you’re asked, then ask for more opportunities
- Deliver a project ahead of schedule, then ask, “What else can I help you with?”
- “Work smart” is true, but for the first three months at a new job, it’s about working hard first
- Put in the hours: first one in, last one out
- Prove you’ve got the work ethic and attitude to deserve cool opportunities
Perhaps you also have a member of the class of 2022 in your life who might benefit from these tips.
This article was originally published on June 30, 2022