“Straight Outta College”

If you are a prospective or current employer viewing my profile, I assure you I only use expletives in my head at the workplace.

A lot has been happening lately. In what will hopefully not be a series of short-term commitments, I recently jumped jobs for the first time. After about two months of being completely disappointed with myself professionally, I chose to move to a profile that I liked (and one that came at half my previous paycheck *nervous laughter*). The new place has so far been fantastic. However, a lot has been learned the hard way.

For starters, all that junk about honesty being the best policy? Not happening. Diplomacy, my friend, is the best policy. By no means am I advocating being a liar (don’t be a dick Doug). And it’s always great to put your foot down when you need to. But chances are that you’ll probably get more done by negotiating with people than by being super blunt to them. Like a lot of successful (and semi-successful) people will tell you, negotiating is probably one of the most important business hacks you will ever learn.

Which brings me to my second lesson- before you even get to negotiating, you need to first be approachable. I spent much of my first two weeks being asked one question- Why. Are. You. Sad. I swear to God, I kid you not, I nearly tagged my managers on a Facebook share of Bitchy Resting Face by Broken People (incidentally also story of my life). Thankfully, I refrained after remembering that I needed my job. I did however realise that my colleagues weren’t to blame- I do kinda look like a sour grape (I am beautiful on the inside). That’s why I now make sure I have a smiling demeanour always, and also occasionally laugh at jokes that I do not find funny at all. Helps with the image. The point is, having a pleasant look on and seeming like you’re ready for the day can really open you up to opportunities. I don’t know how the logic works, but try it and you’ll see what I’m getting at.

Third- work, work, work (he said me haffi workworworkworkworkwork). Never let anything get in the way of you producing quality work. Unless you have, like, kids. I tend to get a little complacent, though I’ve always enjoyed being involved with projects right from senior high. My complete lack of experience and breadth of zero knowledge fixed that for me at my current job. Now, I’m always trying to be on my toes and that really yields results, more so in the long-term. So whatever the excuse is, remember- Screw The Excuse. If you don’t, you’re most likely not going to be very good at what you do.

I’ll leave you with this- a smart guy, who also happens to be Vijay Nair of OML fame, (apparently) said, “If you want to do something, do it yesterday or do it today”. Or something on those lines. Either way, you get the point.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Bun Karyudo says:

    Well, I’m not sure. It’s hard to smile all the time, especially if no one is saying anything particularly amusing. I think if the fellow next to me in the train began grinning broadly, I might slowly edge away from him.

    Anyway, I hope that they new place you’re working at turns out to be a lot of fun but useful too. 🙂


    1. Sharon Lewis says:

      No wonder everyone’s creeped out at the office! But jokes aside, I’d probably be quite friendless if I were grinning all the time. May I rephrase- I make the conscious effort of keeping a pleasant face on, rather than the grump I generally look like (and occasionally am).

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