Show Them Who’s boss: 10 Professional Habits You Should Develop By Your Mid Twenties

It’s though being in your mid-twenties, succeeding in this world isn’t easy — especially if you are a career driven woman.

You have to be positive, emotionally strong, driven,  passionate and a real fighter to show what you are worth. And if you want to be a #girlboss, you need to act like it. Whether you’re on the path you’ve always dreamed of or are still finding your way, these 10  habits will pay in dividends down the line. Read on!

#1 – Set up your Facebook privacy settings
 You don’t want your colleagues to see your party photos—and anything else you don’t want shown to potential future employers or coworkers. Facebook allows you to create customized friend lists so you can choose who sees your check-ins, photos, and other details about your personal life. Be sure that every time you accept a new friend request you’re adding your contacts to the appropriate list. On a similar note, unless you want all of your tweets and photographs shown to the world, make your Twitter and Instagram accounts private.

#2 -Build out your LinkedIn profile
Your Linkedin profile  is your shop window to recruiters and potential employers, and the first place which potential recruiters will look when they are considering contacting you. Treat your LinkedIn profile like a summary of your greatest hit. As you make new contacts throughout your career, add them on LinkedIn so you can always have a pulse on what they’re up to.

#3 – Update your CV every 6 months.
Whether you’re looking for a new job or not, it’s important to keep your CV updated with new experience, skills, and projects. Details become blurry over time, and you don’t want to forget an important facet of a project.

#4 – Always send a thank you or follow-up email
Send a follow-up email or note after a meeting with, or gesture from a business contact. Gratefulness and manners will always be remembered.

#5 – Know your worth.
By this time, you may have had a few jobs, taken on some projects, and conversed with others in your field. Assess your skill set and become familiar with the space so you can become confident in your value the next time you’re due for a raise or job offer.

#6 – Learn how to network
You shouldn’t have to feel like a shell of your real self in professional environments. Depending on your industry and work environment, the line may differ; know, and treat it carefully.

#7 – Always show up 10 minutes early
Think of this as more of a life lesson than anything—but punctuality is among the most important of professional habits to adopt. It’s an honest indicator of your organizational skills and overall reliability.

#8 – Get and stay, organized.
Use a to-do list and make sure your physical workspace is a neat and tidy environment.

#9 – Respond to emails within 24 hours
if your reply is necessary for workflow purposes. And if you’re swamped, a simple confirmation of receipt will go a long way. Heading out on vacation? Don’t forget to set an out-of-office response telling people when you’ll be back in touch.

#10-  Dress for the job you want.
We all know that clothes are an important form of nonverbal communication, so do your best to avoid those side-eye glances.


  1. The whole “respond to emails within 24 hours” thing is something that I have been working on!
    Thankfully, showing up early is one of my Jedi master skills. I think this is super important since it also shows that you value and respect their time!

  2. Great tips. I always tell people to network, to get your foot in the door a lot o the time it could be who you know, not what you know.

    Jess X

  3. I agree with every tip in this post!
    I would add: Don’t be afraid to change jobs. They say you need to work at one place for 3 years before it becomes relevant for your C.V., but if you’re not happy with the position and get a better opportunity, don’t be afraid to quit earlier.

  4. Today I was told the “worst” thing at the office “You are TOO NICE to work in a big agency” (im a graphic designer) and I’m afraid that might be true and I won’t be able to “show them whos the boss”
    I mean we all want big things and I want to be big in my area, but I struggle to think that I need to be more of a B### to get where I want, anyone else feels this way?


  5. I was told that I was too nice for a position that I really wanted but I still got the job because I had the relevant experience and I fought my case, you don’t have to be a b#### you just have to show that you can be firm when it’s necessary. Believe that you can and you will.

  6. I completely agree with networking, it’s all about who you know. Networking not only leads to amazing connections but it does wonders for your self-esteem. Once you make a new interesting connection, don’t be afraid to follow up and continue the conversation. Potential Mentors are everywhere!

  7. I have to totally agree with you on this one. It does always seem that us nice people get left behind just because we are genuinely nice! I think the best way is to be confident in your own skills and be assertive in a way isn’t rude and that respects the other persons views.

  8. Great tips, especially being on time and being organized – dress your lifestyle for the job you want!
    (If you could be so kind and change the credit for the first pic to that’d be great, as it’s a shot I put up on my instagram a long time ago!)

  9. I need to pay more attention to being on time and thanks for pointing out that it reflects your organizational skills and reliability. I’m always trying to fit something else in last minute – need to stop this!
    Thanks, Caroline

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