Sooner rather than later, I might add. So as some of you may know, I just started a new job working in sales at a large resort in San Diego, and of course I want to stand out, I want my boss to look at me, specifically what I have done and think, “Wow, I’m glad I hired her!”
But how do we get there? I think I have got it down (at least somewhat)
- Set your own goals: In sales, this is a little easier than others because you have numbers. For my new job, I started my first day making phone calls, saw what I could do, and decided on a number where I could push myself. While in other jobs, customer service for example, I always liked to think of any new customer as the first of the day, before you got yelled at, before your coffee kick wore off, before you started thinking about everything you had to do when you were off. No matter what the job is- always stay motivated and try you best. No boss is going to be upset with you when they knew you did the best you could and put in 100%.
- Stay organized! How bad does it look when someone new comes into the office and looks around and sees your wrappers from what you had for a snack, papers, pens, your coffee cup from yesterday, and leftover make up you couldn’t finish this morning around your desk. I am a firm believer in better working conditions are clean- my room on the other hand, we can talk about that later. Me for example, am a sticky QUEEN. My head runs a million miles a second. So my desk always looks so cluttered with stickies everywhere. After every project- making calls, e-mails, whatever it may be, to clean through the desk. It’s almost as if you are clearing your mind as well.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions: even if you think you are annoying! Why? It prevents ‘stupid’ mistakes. It may take someone a minute to explain something to you, while it may take them an hour doing damage control with a client, or ‘fixing’ something you clicked wrong. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t ask everything as soon as you don’t know. Do your homework, but if it’s not clear- that’s when you go with the classic line “I’m sorry I’m so annoying but…” and chances are they were the exact same way when they started. Hey, we all have to learn somewhere right!
- Bring in a treat: Cupcakes? Brownies? Cookies? Food is the fastest way to everyone’s heart, right?! It shows you are thinking about your coworkers when you are not at work. I go home and bake, and hey I’ll bring in some to my coworkers, instead of my friends. I get not everyone is into baking like I am- so when you’re at the grocery store and see something unique, fruit salad, anything for a quick munch. I am sure it will be appreciated! Just don’t do it too much- then it’ll be expected!
- Dress to impress: Never worn a suit? Never worn a pencil skirt? It is always better to be over dressed than under. This also goes with one of my favorite sayings ‘Fake it till you make it.” You really have no idea what you’re doing? If you walk in, look around, and do whatever everyone else is doing you’ll eventually catch on! And it will help if you look like you are supposed to be there too.
- Don’t get caught in the after lunch slump: I am a morning person, and after lunch when I’m full, I just want to go home and take a nap. The morning is over, my coffee is wearing off, and I am dreading getting back into the grind. How I avoid making the second half useless? I write myself a note of what I was doing before I left my desk, that way when I come sit back down I can get back into my train of thought. I also like to take an afternoon walk- around my resort, office, anywhere to get my legs moving, and wake me up. I am of course a list maker, so when I know it is getting close to lunch, I try and make a list of things I need to absolutely get done during the afternoon.
Stay motivated. Stay positive. Stay determined. With that, there is no other path to go down than to be successful.
~ XOXO, go kill ‘em!