Welcome to the corporate world, friend! A world where things aren’t fair, some people are mean, and if you want to succeed, your boss has to like you. In her new book: Corporate Survival Guide for Your Twenties: A Guide to Help You Navigate the Business World, Kayla Buell, founder of the award-winning blog Lost GenY Girl, helps you face the corporate world post-college. Navigating a corporate working world filled with pitfalls and traps is not easy – there’s no app for that. Should you speak up in meetings? Should you stay quiet? Should you eat at your desk? What should you wear? And what do you do when someone blasts you via e-mail? In Corporate Survival Guide for Your Twenties, Buell helps the early career professionals get their kick-ass career running!
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About the Author
Kayla Buell is a young twenty- something who shares her experiences with other young professionals on her award-winning blog: Lost GenY Girl. She loves all things HR, and hopes to make the workforce a better place. Not bratty. Just opinionated, Buell is most passionate about helping young professionals navigate through their first few years as twenty-somethings in the work force.
Paul Angone is a leading voice to, and for, twentysomethings. He is the bestselling author of 101 Secrets for Your Twenties, a sought-after speaker, and the creator of AllGroanUp.com― a place for those asking “What now?” Paul graduated from Westmont College with a degree in Communication Studies and then received his Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University. Paul grew up in Denver, Colorado, and currently lives in San Diego with his wife, Naomi, and their two daughters.
Table of Contents
TABLE OF CONTENTS
2. STARTING OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT
Talk to your boss about your career goals.
Read up on your industry daily.
Learn some basic e-mail etiquette.
Take all the free training courses available to you.
Arrive on time to meetings and pay attention.
Give people a chance. Don’t be so quick to judge others.
Get yourself some business cards.
Set up a 401k. Right now. There’s nothing more beautiful than compound interest.
3. GETTING PEOPLE TO LIKE YOU
Don’t ever make it seem like you’re perfect.
Be yourself, not a robot.
Don’t be afraid to have a sense of humor.
Share your drunken weekend stories with your friends, not your coworkers.
Use thank you cards.
Leave your personal drama at the door.
Don’t eat other people’s food. The break room refrigerator isn’t a free buffet.
4. MAKING THE WORKDAY ENJOYABLE
Have a pretty desk.
Go for walks when you need to clear your mind.
Set aside time each day for some quiet reflection.
Don’t eat lunch at your desk.
Find ways to make people happier.
Learn to bake.
5. EARNING YOUR BOSS’ RESPECT
If you say you’re going to do something, do it.
Ask lots of questions. Don’t worry about sounding annoying.
Never ever ever lie. If your boss can’t trust you, you might as well show yourself out the door.
Ask for new opportunities, don’t just wait for them to be given to you.
Stand up for yourself when you need to. Demand the respect you deserve.
Showing up to work isn’t enough. You need to be mentally present.
Own up to your mistakes.
Offer solutions instead of just complaining.
6. DEALING WITH DIFFICULT PEOPLE
Don’t make enemies unless you absolutely have to.
Don’t kill anyone. You’re going to want to sometimes, but don’t.
Learn from your terrible bosses.
Remember- anything you put in writing STAYS in writing. FOREVER.
Understand that some people will hate you for no reason. Don’t let them bother you one bit.
Accept the fact that you can’t please everyone.
Don’t take everything personally.
7. STAYING SANE
Have something to look forward to outside of work.
Don’t be afraid to say no.
Prioritize your work.
Invest in a coffee maker.
Don’t sweat the small stuff. If it won’t matter 5 years from now, let it go.
Human Resources is just that- a RESOURCE. Use them.
8. GROWING AS A PROFESSIONAL
Understand that there’s stuff to be learned from ANY job you have.
Ask for constructive feedback.
Join a committee and meet new people.
Find people who you respect and admire and reach out to them for guidance.
Share your knowledge with others.
Don’t be afraid to voice a different opinion.
When you meet new people, ask them how they started their careers.
Know that you don’t need to be an a-hole to be taken seriously.
9. MANAGING YOUR CAREER
Understand when and how you’re most productive.
Perfect the art of time-management.
Recognize your weaknesses and actively work on them.
Keep a portfolio of all your important projects/accomplishments.
Have an updated resume available at all times.
Set up a LinkedIn account and update it whenever possible.
Network your ass off.
Understand that success is never going to be handed to you.
10. CHANGING JOBS
Understand that your first job won’t always be your dream job, and that’s perfectly ok.
When making career decisions, don’t make them for anyone other than yourself.
Don’t take jobs just for the money.
If you hate your job, don’t just quit right away.
Leave jobs gracefully, without burning bridges.
Remember- it’s never too late to change careers.
Push yourself out of your comfort zone.