Elana Pruitt a Los Angeles native, is a savvy, sale-hunting blogger for the past six years at “Good Girl Gone Shopping.” She’s also the fashion columnist for Agenda Magazine and considers herself a totally legit social media-obsessed “talkaholic” at Firm Media, where she proudly wears the hat of social media coordinator. With a bachelor’s degree in print journalism from CSU, Fullerton, according to Elana, “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!”
Top 7 Business Tips to Consider (Like Seriously)
Ummm…yeah. I’ve totally made a few bonehead moves along the way. Since graduating college in 2004 until now, my triumphs have outweighed my flubs. But if I could take back some of my mistakes, I would! But I can’t. Life just doesn’t work like that. What I can do instead is share some insight that I believe could help you out. My 7 tips are not industry-specific; they are universal tips to seriously consider. They are each based off of my own screw-ups as well as my own successes:
(1) Dress for the job you want, not the one that you wanna quit. I’ve gone through the years always keeping a version of this in the back of my mind. It’s easy to get in a slump and get so comfortable in your position that you might as well just wear pajamas to work! I’ve never gotten to that point, but I do believe that there is power in dressing with more of an authority-like vibe. Invest in a cute blazer or jacket and a pair of heels to wear with your jeans on a casual Friday. Never know, your boss may very well turn to you as the associate to accompany him or her to the company meeting…versus your cubicle mate who always pairs sweatshirts with jeans and Chuck’s on a casual Friday. How you take care of yourself is very powerful! (Freelancers out there: You never know where you need to go in between assignments, and yeah…PJs in public are just a no-go.)
(2) Do your research first. Have you ever shown up to a meeting without researching the topic (which you knew beforehand would be discussed)? What about attending a fashion show and having no clue as to which designer’s collection will grace the runway? The last thing you ever want to do is get a question from a colleague that you can’t answer or come face-to-face with a competitor fashion reporter (hmph!) who is testing you with questions, and all you have is “I don’t know.” Don’t purposely put yourself in an awkward situation. A few minutes of research can be life-saving.
(3) Ask for help. Don’t sit on a problem! Get over feeling embarrassed, silly, or just clueless about a project you need help with. If you need help…ask for it! If you are sitting there, on company time, just hoping the answer will come to you…Ummm…you’re wasting lots of time and it’s just no bueno. I do highly suggest that before you ask someone for assistance, especially, say, your CEO, take a stab at Google and various info-collecting avenues. You gotta at least try to find the info yourself, first.
(4) Proof your emails (even if they stay in-house!) I believe whole-heartedly in typo-free emails. If you are going to compose a lengthy message, then do it correctly. If you aren’t the best speller, no worries! There are tons of spell check programs and I’m sure you have at least one person in your life who is, like, an ace when it comes to proofing copy. Whatever you do, though, try to avoid sending an email that you feel is questionable, could spark a controversial debate, has emotional undertones, or is plain rude if your punctuation and grammar is a mess. What about your personal life? Hey, do what you will! (Especially if it’s toward that dude who deserves it…) But in business, email is basically permanent. Don’t set an attitude or an unjust accusation in stone until you are 100 percent comfortable and confident sending it….and it’s spelled correctly.
(5) Yes, sometimes it IS your fault. If you make a mistake, own up to it. Not only will you feel better acknowledging this, others will enjoy working with you even more. By admitting yous slip-ups, such as missing deadline, could open up more insightful conversations throughout the environment. But, while you can embrace your mistakes and move on, you must learn from them and make sure you don’t continue to repeat history. If you do continue them, then any repercussions after that, will be of no surprise.
(6) Create your own mode of organization. Post-its and reminders everywhere may work for you. Or, rather, a Google Doc spreadsheet may keep your work (and life!) in order. Whatever works for you, do your best to stick to it. You’ll enjoy seeing progress and all that you’ve accomplished thus far, while at the same time, be able to gauge what you haven’t accomplished either. If organizing does not come natural to you, no tears. Just continue figuring out the best way to create order in your routines. And remember, if this is an area you need assistance with…Just ask someone for help! (You may also realize that a personal assistant is the best solution.)
(7) Healthy body, healthy mind. Those who have desk jobs should be especially cautious of what they consume and how much activity they are getting. Do you pack a healthy lunch? Do you bring your gym bag so you can exercise right after work? Is there a water bottle at your desk or a can of soda? It’s amazing the relationship between taking care of our bodies and our minds. When you feel good…feel healthy…you generally show it! Your skin looks better, you have more energy, and you can continue wearing your favorite styles because they still fit.
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