Are you recently employed? Or nearly employed? Have you razzed up your CV, chatted to recruiters, nailed the interviews? Well don’t pat yourself on the back just yet because even though you’ve made it, in the words of the legendary Tim Gunn (if you’re not a Project Runway fan surely you’re a Heidi Klum appreciator) it’s time to “Make It Work”!
These are the things you are not taught at school, you can’t read in a book, and are certainly not highlighted on the job description. They are personality traits that will make you stand out from the pack, that make you memorable, that take you from average employee to indispensible employee.
Learn to take the job description itself with a grain of salt. This doesn’t mean you need to disregard it entirely, but take the role and make it yours. Think outside the box, stay late if you need to, think on your feet, adapt to the situation at hand and for Gods sake, use some bloody common sense! Don’t wait to be told what to do-you were hired because you’re capable so sort it out!
The best employees are often those who are a little bit nutty. Not Glenn Close bunny boiler nutty; but quirky in a good way. A vibrant personality (note this is a quality to be found in loud and softly-spoken employees for those of you who may be a little shy) will foster a fun, friendly HAPPY working environment, and happy workers make better, more productive workers. Know when it’s time to dial down the crazy though and learn to read the play. Cracking gags while those around you are frantically trying to make a deadline won’t be appreciated.
Drive is crucial as well. Never look back only forward. Learn from your mistakes and always strive to improve upon what you have done before. Tweak your formulas, your flowcharts, your weekly meetings. Follow the pocesses set before you but if you know you can make them better then why wouldn’t you?
And if obstacles hit your path then knock em down. Oprah Winfrey grew up dirt poor. Steve Jobs dropped out of uni, Richard Branson didn’t even go. What made them some of the most successful people in their fields? They were always out to prove the naysayers wrong.
Be appreciative. Stick up for the little person-speak on someone’s behalf if you believe they wont stand up for themselves. Take pride in your team too and if they do a cracking job let them know! It’s always nice to get a little love and it feels just as good to give. A simple pat on the back will only improve team morale and will help with the aforementioned drive for greatness. Don’t be a drip about it or OVER complimentary. No one likes a suck up.
Similarly, if you have a problem with something or someone, take your superior aside and let them know. No one wants to be known as the resident whinger, nor the resident bitch. Poking fun at those around you, or worse, feeding off the office gossip is counterproductive and just plain not nice.