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Career Advancement Tips for Freshies – 5 Quick Advice To Help You Grow Successfully

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

You have just left college and started on your first job. Although you know what your role is at your work place, you are also eager to make an impression. Remember that when you practice these career advancement tips, the results are not immediate. You will only begin to see their values when you start to internalize and act upon them naturally.

  1. Heart – If you want career advancement, then do everything fueled by the heart. While your brain provides the knowledge, your hands and legs provides the skills, and your heart provides the passion. Fuel every task with passion.When you work full heartedly, your quality shows. Someone who has the skills and knowledge but do not have the heart to complete the given task can only do a good job. To do a great job, you not only need skills and knowledge, you need heart.

    Perfection comes when passion meets skills and knowledge. Approach your work with all your heart and you will advance in your career, successfully.

  2. Heed – Many freshies I have come across and worked with are very excited to demonstrate what they know and learned in school.However, they forget that sometimes experience is needed to complement what is learned in the academic world. As a freshie in the workplace, you need to take heed of what your seniors and bosses advice you. Pay careful attention to what they are trying to tell you. Some things only experience can teach you. The finer points of any industry can only be learned when you take heed of advice from elders in the industry.
  3. Hunger – Have the hunger to know more and learn more. Have the hunger to want to go further and do more. If you want to advance in your career, always be hungry for relevant skills and knowledge. Always be hungry for excellence in your work. One of my ex-bosses used to tell me, when you do a good job, you earn your salary and your current position. When you do an excellent job, you give me reasons to give you an increment and a promotion.The hunger to want to do more and do better quite naturally makes you a competitive advantage in your unit. People will notice your constant pursuit of excellence and that will make them want you to work for them and keep you on the team. You increase your value to the company. This is one of the career advancement tips I continue to practice till today.
  4. Hindrance – As a freshie, you lack experience at work and you will find a lot hindrances. These hindrances coupled with your eagerness to demonstrate your prowess at work will frustrate you.Some challenges and obstacles are real. It could be related to your lack of skills and knowledge to complete a task.

    You may perceive yourself to know how to do the task but in reality you may not be equipped to do so. When faced with hindrances, seek help. Do not be egoistic to not do so. No one knows everything. When you seek help you learn a new skill.

    Some hindrances are more people oriented. They can be difficult colleagues simply testing your patience. When I was a freshie, how I approached this hindrance was to see it as a rites of passage. They want me to give them a reason for respecting my input and my work. When faced with such colleagues, practice patience. In extreme cases, you can seek help from your immediate boss.

  5. Humor – To balance off the career advancement tips of heed, hunger and hindrance is humor. I can still remember some of my personal experiences related to these career advancement tips.Imagine how stressful it can be when they all happen together. Imagine the stress of having to deal with this situation – You are supposed to take heed of advice and remember it, especially when it is due to a mistake. You need to be hungry for excellence. You get hindrances from colleagues because you are new. In addition, hindrance to complete some tasks due to the lack of experience. How do you deal with it?

    One of the best ways to deal with all these is to have a sense of humor. Laugh at yourself a little. When the going gets tough, laugh. While you need to be serious with your work to increase your chances of career advancement, it doesn’t mean you cannot relax. Sometimes you have to say – it’s only work. Having a sense of humor allows you to minimize the stress at work.

These are the 5 quick yet important career advancement tips a freshie can practice at work immediately. With constant practice, you can make it a habit and it would seem effortless before you know it. Taken from Career Success for Newbies.

My unsettling goal for 2011 begins with a book and family life lessons…

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

Family time with Drysdale’s is always interesting. This year, for the second year in a row, it was a time to reflect, grow and strengthen our bonds with one another.

From left to right: Aimee, JoJo, Katie, Melissa, Ashleigh, Hayleigh

While devouring a mouth-watering portion of standing rib roast, perfectly seasoned grilled asparagus and a glass of well-aged wine among other scrumptious fare, my family went around the dinner table on Christmas night to reminisce and ponder 2010 and 2011 by answering these questions:

  1. What things did you accomplish last year that you’re proud of?
  2. From your experiences last year, what life lessons did you gain?
  3. What are your goals for 2011?

Not to bore you with the accomplishments of my family (although I’m sure you are eager to hear about the personal happenings in our lives…lol), I will leave you with the valuable life lessons we all gained from 2010, number two on the list:
* BTW, these are randomly organized, just in case you’re trying to be sneaky and figure out who said what!

  • Embrace your failures – you can learn a lot more from your failures than your successes.
  • Listen to people closely and respond carefully.
  • Learn to work smarter, not harder.
  • Invest your time into things that make you happy and grow as an individual.
  • Take ownership of your experiences and put your own ideas and life teachings to work.
  • You may not always get what you want, but if you try, sometimes you will get what you need.
  • Empower others.
  • No matter how hard you work, there will always be people who don’t appreciate what you do.
  • When you start something new in life, give it your all and don’t give up.
  • Your work/life balance is crucial.
  • Be diplomatic when dealing with others, particularly your peers.
  • Don’t get on your sisters bad side!
  • Try to have fun in life. Have fun in life, don’t just try.

So, the last item on the list is crossed through intentionally because initially it was “Try to have fun in your life,” but then my Dad made a great analogy, and one worth sharing. He put a utensil on the table, looked directly in that person’s eyes, and said, “Try to pick up that knife…” In order to make this happen you have to physically DO SOMETHING. So the lesson learned here was then changed from “try” to “do.” Dad is great at empowering us and always making us think about what we say and really evaluate our individualistic views on life.

After reading over this list, if you look back on your experiences in 2010, are you able to take away some or all of these same life lessons? Is there anything new you would add?

On to number three: goals for 2011. I will share with you one of my own, and one I hope you can help me with:

  • Read 12 books in 12 months

Let me elaborate…for a while now I have been trying to find a way to really “get” books and fully enjoy reading. That’s not to say that I haven’t already began reading, just not as much nor as thoroughly as I would like. So, I am going to try something new and hope by writing this to you, similarly to Julie Powell’s blog project of working through 524 recipes in 365 days from Julia Child’s book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, you will help keep me accountable and I will be encouraged to stick with my goal.

For most of those who know me well, you are fully understanding of this feat and hopefully for some, you can appreciate a person who is a slower reader struggling with comprehension. To explain this a bit further; sometimes for me after reading through 3 or 4 pages, I then realize I didn’t quite understand what I just read. With my eagerness to fully retain details, I then to go back and read through it all over again. Not to mention ADHD, which we all have in some form or another, making the distractions of noise or various things happening around me MUCH more entertaining than whatever I’m trying to read.

The daunting task of getting through 12 books in 12 months began today with the arrival in the mail of book number one: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson, the first book in The Millennium Trilogy, along with two other books I plan to be reading in the upcoming months.

The Stieg Larsson Millennium Trilogy

I’m not entirely sure what I will write about, but for both my readers and to help myself comprehend what I am reading, the plan is to complete a blog each week reporting my progress, any new life lessons I take away from the “book-of-the-month,” or any initial reactions I have. I now ask myself the question, “How am I going to complete book number one, with already 7 days gone? EEP!”

  • 465 pages + 25 days equals roughly 18 pages/day
  • Plus a weekly blog post

OR I could also try it by chapters

  • 29 chapters + 25 days equals roughly 1.2 chapters/day
  • Plus a weekly blog post

So, here goes…I’ll keep you posted!


p.s. I would love for you to comment below on your life lessons from 2010 and anything you have to share about your experiences with all of this.

#, @, RT? Twitter: Back to Basics – written for tba | PR + Advertising

Monday, October 11th, 2010

I once heard someone say that people you are friends with on Facebook are the people you have once known personally, but don’t really have much in common with, and the people you follow on Twitter are those you don’t know personally but have a lot in common. How can you start interacting and making a connection on the Twittersphere? Many people are still unaware of the benefits of Twitter and how it can help a company or an individual engage with the public. Here are a few basic pointers on how to start doing this:

1. Hashtags #
A great way to get in front of like-minded individuals is to put a #hashtag symbol before a keyword. If you use a hashtag in your tweet, and you have a public account, anyone who does a search for that hashtag can find your tweet. Anything can be made into a hashtag, but there a several common ones that can be found here. As a side note, the location you put a hashtag into your tweet is really up to you. Most people put them at the end of their tweet, but you can also integrate them inside the tweet. This is also a great way to find out what people are saying about your company or industry.

2. @ Replies or “Mentions”
By using the @ symbol or #hashtag in front of a Twitter username to reply to someone or refer to their post, you are basically saying hey, @XYZTwitterUsername, I am paying attention to you! The user below prefaced his RT (which I will go into next) with a comment, which makes this a hybrid tweet. He both mentions @thebecheragency by making the comment “Hilarious!” and RT’s @thebecheragency’s post by saying RT before the username:

In this post, user @WhitleyGaffney mention’s #thebecheragency by using a #hashtag. It is not as easy for the Twitter user to notice these posts, but it is still searchable. Best practice would be to use the @ symbol when mentioning @XYZTwitterUserName in your post.

3. RTs or “Re-Tweets”
If someone posts something interesting on his or her wall, RT their post. This will share it on your wall and will appear to all of your followers. A standard RT does not include additional comments

4. DM or “Direct Messages”
A direct message is a private, off-the-record message that you can send your followers. Think of it as a short email. The only rules are that the user has to first follow you and the message has to be under 140 characters. One great way to use DMs is to send a short thank-you message to the user when they follow you, or to make connections with them outside of Twitter.

5. Follow Those Who Follow You
Personally, if someone is trying to sell something, speaking in a different language, or is posting vulgar information, I will not follow them back. If for example you are a contractor and another local contractor follows you, follow them back! Twitter is a very powerful networking tool that could potentially lead to strong partnerships and friendships. By following your followers, you can not only monitor the competition, but also re-Tweet relevant information of local and national companies or individuals who are in similar industries.

6. Find and Follow Like-Minded Twitter Users
This is crucial to learning more and engaging within your industry. The best site I have found for this is Twellow. It is very straightforward and allows you to add your username to certain categories. For example, @thebecheragency is listed under 5 categories:

  • Marketing + Advertising + Ad Agencies
  • Marketing + Advertising
  • Marketing
  • Marketing + Public Relations
  • Information Technology + Software Programming + Web Developer + Web Design

Social media is supposed to be fun! The more you do it, the more familiar it will become. It can seem like a lot if you are first starting out, but really becomes second nature when you dive in. Yes, social media is always changing, but please feel free to give me, or anyone at tba | PR + Advertising a call if you have any questions and if there is anything we can assist with.

Summer Holiday | Photo Challenge

Monday, July 12th, 2010

I had a lot of fun with last week’s photography challenge “Summer Holiday.” Here are the results!

Your reputation: Fodder for YouTube? – written for tba | PR + Advertising

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Like many Americans, I am infuriated about what is being done to the animals and tourism in the Gulf of Mexico. I have several friends and family members in Florida and Louisiana, and have become sickened by what BP is saying and doing to try to help fix the mess. After seeing this video called “Gulf Oil Spill Birds – Don’t Let Kids Watch” it reminded me about the power of YouTube.

More and more, we are hearing about people getting their 5 seconds of fame by posting videos on YouTube. I naturally found it really funny when one of the most recent viral videos of a Brazilian baby dancing in his diaper titled “Bimbo Dancer,” made it on national news. This video was used to note Tony Hayward’s behavior during his recent testimony to Congress:

BP published a TV spot in early June to try and fix the issue it created. Regardless of the messaging set forth, its actions so far do not reflect what the company said it would do.

BP’sactions have only led to more and more anger and mockery, such as this video below titled “BP Spills Coffee.” I think they had this one coming.

YouTube is not only a medium for people to vent their frustration but also a medium for resourceful, newsworthy information of what is truly happening. In the video below, Mike Ellis, a boat captain in Louisiana, notes his negative experience with BP while assisting with rescuing endangered sea turtles from the spill.

The media have changed. It is unnerving, but regardless, people’s actions are transparent, and anything said or done has a strong likelihood of being posted online or made into a spoof. Watch out BP, and anyone else out there doing something they are afraid of others finding out about. YouTube is advertising you! And your reputation might never be the same again.