Public Relations

A Smooth Sea Never Made A Skilled Sailor

As most of you know, I’m still fairly new to the public relations industry. I graduated in December and just had my 60-day evaluation last week and I couldn’t help but think about how fast time flies.

We’re all human and make mistakes, but I think what’s important is that we learn from them. I decided to come up with a few tips to get through a new job or even help to maintain success at a current job.

I’m not saying that I’m an expert, but after talking with professionals and making my own mistakes, I’ve come up with ten tips that I find extremely useful when trying to grow within a career:

  1. Don’t be late
    You’re late when you arrive at 9:01a.m. and you’re supposed to be there at 9:00a.m. Don’t think you can slide in ten minutes late without anybody noticing, because trust me they will notice.
  2. Be willing
    If there is a project that seems tedious and outrageous, volunteer to complete it because you will look confident and your boss will see you’re willing to go above and beyond to make them happy.
  3. Be honest
    If you make a mistake or you can’t complete a project that you’ve committed to, be sure you are communicating with your boss. It is better to be honest and under deliver than lie and not deliver.
  4. Be positive
    When your coworkers are tired and having a bad day it’s best to be the employee that is positive and looks at things from two sides.
  5. Be accountable
    If you make a mistake, admit it. Never hide a mistake because the truth will come out and be a thousand times worse.
  6. Smile frequently
    Smiling is contagious.
  7. Don’t complain
    If you become tired and find yourself frustrated, don’t complain at work. We all get tired, but if you’re complaining and you just started your boss is going to think negatively of you.
  8. Dress well
    Don’t go to work with wrinkled clothes. This is one of my biggest pet peeves, especially because it’s so preventable.
  9. Proofread
    Double-checking emails and writing samples more than once is crucial to your success in any industry.
  10. Stay late
    If you’re not done with your work you shouldn’t leave. Watching the clock and leaving early is not a good sign.

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