I know the feeling, the one where you feel you’re not quite smashing it when you know you can. There are other girls in the office that have their sh*t together, so where do I keep going wrong? Being a Career Girl sometimes isn’t the easiest and in order to rise we need to make an impression. Follow my little secret tips that make it seem like I have it together when work gets tough!
1. Avoid negativity
Criticism may weigh you down, but take it as a compliment. Any constructive criticism only makes you better. Likewise, try to avoid negativity from colleagues or friends, there’s always a silver lining, so try to find it. Being happy, and smiling is my ultimate trick! Employers, and people in general, like personable and smiling personalities. So shine!
2. Stay focused on you
You are the only person who is going to look out for you. So it’s important that you have goals and track your development. Employers don’t always have the time to mentor you or make you better at your job so take charge of yourself!
3. Know what’s going on
There’s nothing worse than not knowing what you’re supposed to know and being tested on it. Take responsibility and make it your task to be well equipped, ask questions if you’re not sure how something works, praise a co-worker for their skills and ask them how something works when it comes to it later, they’ll praise you back. When questioned, you can impress and show that you know what you’re talking about.
4. Professional courage
I have been in many jobs where I didn’t stand up for myself or my work to just avoid conflict. But this didn’t lead to a happy working life. Don’t confuse outside conflict with workplace conflict. Master it! You can stand up for yourself without losing your professional edge.
5. Make friends
When you’re new to a place, this can be the scariest and toughest thing to do. You’re trying to become a part of an already well-established family. But make the effort with your colleagues, and see an improvement in your work life.
6. Know your strengths
This is perfect for building confidence in the workplace. Knowing your strengths and how to capitalize on them will not only make you feel better but will have your colleagues confident and impressed by you. You’re a real woman in charge!
7. Embrace your weaknesses
Don’t hide them away and hope no one notices. Identify them yourself first, and work on them. You can even ask suggestions on how to be better. Your skill set will be strengthened and you’ll feel so much better for it.
8. Make the most of your break
Speak to a friend, cry and laugh. Eat something you enjoy. Sit in the sun, and gather yourself together if you’ve had a stressful day or are letting your personal life bleed into your work. You’ll feel ready to take on the office when you return!
9. Be better to yourself
I’m the worst for this, I’m always nattering away negatively in my head. We are our own worst enemy and our harshest critic. Change this, you are in charge, and you have the power to bring positive changes to the day. Help your confidence by being positive. Be your own motivator, because it’s a race to the finish – are you going to get there first?
What do you do when you need a pick-me-up in work?