The working world can be crazy at times, maybe even a tad stressful trying to stay competitive. We all don't start off at the top in a big office overlooking some major body of water. You have to work hard and make the most out of your current position. Don't let having an entry level job discourage you from keeping your eye on the prize. We all have goals and dreams; whether it be being a C-Suite level executive of a company in your field or even owning a corporation, you got to put in work!
Change is Good: Don't let change hold you back from being the dynamo that you are. Embracing change and taking on projects that are not automatically assigned to you can boost not only your skill set, but boost your personal brand.
Don't Be A Negative Nancy-Problem Solve: When you start off conversations with "I can't" or constantly saying "No" to task and questions, you can come off as a person who does not want to get the job done. Of course, there are some instances where there could be a limitation and it just can't be done, but trying to find a solution and staying positive shows strong initiative. This separates people who are just coming in for a paycheck from the future leaders.
Be An Expert In The Business & Industry: Knowing the ins and outs of the business from operations to market saturation can put you to another level. I personally love knowing what is going on within a specific industry by reading publications and social media. If you have an opportunity to cross-train with a different department then GO FOR IT! Knowledge is power.
Communication Is Key: Whether it is good or bad, ensure that your team members and supervisor(s) are in loop on everything that is going on. Make sure when you are communicating via email that you are as concise and to the point as possible. No one wants to read a novel and then finally after 30 minutes get to the main point. Also, do not be afraid to talk to people face-to-face if possible. Remember, email has no emotion, so you do not want someone to have a misunderstanding. Even after you have an important conversation, follow it up with an email to have on record that the situation was discussed.
Self Management: Always remember that your word is your bond. If you say that you will turn something in on Thursday, prioritize your time so you can get it done. If you can turn in an item early, then do so. It is understandable that there are 50 million things going on, so stop and take a moment to collect yourself. Schedule out your time so you are not feeling overwhelmed and knock out your task.