Working Your Way Up 101

In my last post, I talked about my promotion from Sales Assistant to Construction & Marketing Administrator in 2015.

I know I couldn’t have gotten there without the help of mentors, colleagues, professors, and friends. Here’s some of the advice that I took from them that I’d like to pass along to you.

  1. Learn as much as you can. Take every opportunity to learn from those around you, in and outside of the office. The more you know about the company and the industry, the more valuable you are.
  2. Be the BEST at what you do. My last semester of college, I took a class called Hire Ed with Frank Blossom. One thing that stuck out to me in learning about starting in advertising was mastering that entry level position. You might be the intern that’s getting the coffee and sweeping the floors everyday. But if you’re the best floor sweeping, coffee fetching intern they’ve ever had, they WILL notice.
  3. Stay humble. Just because you’ve got the fancy degree now doesn’t mean you’re entitled to anything. You have to give 110% at every networking event and every interview to land that floor sweeping internship. Don’t pass up a low level position at an awesome company because you think you’re above it.
  4. Ask and you shall receive. Ask for projects from the company’s Marketing Manager, or the manager of the department you’re interested in. Maybe he or she won’t have anything the first time you ask, but don’t stop offering up your help. Be persistent. The next time there’s a project or even a marketing position open, you’ll be top of mind.
  5. Show off your skills and share your knowledge. Take your current position and incorporate what you’re good at. If design and creativity are your thing, decorate your broomstick and a coffee mug for your boss. Send your supervisor a cool article about something happening in the industry. Show that you love the career path you’re on, you’re great at it, and you’re working hard to advance.

This applies to more than just entry level advertising professionals, this advice is useful in almost any field. What advice can you give the next generation of young job seekers and entry level employees? Comment below!

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