Getting ahead and showing your best self in the working world is more important now than ever before. Not only is it a mark of your self worth and good character, going the extra mile is now necessary for job security. In a fiercely competitive job market, doing the bare minimum is a wish for a pink slip, but knowing how to present yourself as an invaluable asset can secure your future.
I am fortunate enough to work with a personal training client who has a wealth of experience and skills for being successful in both corporate and volunteer work environments. This woman, Tess, exudes strength in everything she does. From grinding out workouts, to supporting her friends and family, to volunteering at hospitals and shelters, she demands excellence from herself and knows how to tap in and find it.
The other day she mentioned some advice she had given her daughter who is currently volunteering for a local political candidate’s campaign. Her brief snippet of wisdom stuck with me, and Friday, after a grueling interval workout (where she once again earned her nickname, “Warrior”), Tess was gracious enough to elaborate on the topic. Listed below as methodically as she drew them out for me, are keys to securing your good reputation and to finding opportunities you didn’t know would be there.
How To Be the Go-To-Girl:
- More is more. Forget the old saying that encourages the opposite. Be eager and willing to do everything you can. The more you do, the more you learn and know how to do well.
- Always say, “Yes, no problem!” When someone asks you to do something, make sure you welcome their request. Next time they have a request they’ll lean towards the person who they know is on board.
- Ask if you can do more. (Directly following above).
- Always dress slightly better than everyone else. Example: If everyone is wearing jeans, you should wear slacks.
- Office treats are always appreciated. While it may sound simplistic, it’s an easy way to win colleagues over.
Tess explained that even in an unpaid internship, this type of conduct can lead to a job offer. At the very least you will get a good reference.
She has made such a habit of living by these rules that she may not have even thought to mention how it carries over into other aspects of your life. However, as I am fortunate to see first hand the effects of this helpful attitude, I can add an objective view of its fringe benefits. The same strength and willingness to put yourself on the line you show vocationally translates to your personal goals and endeavors, which makes you invaluable to your friends and family as well.