12 Tips to Be The Youngest in the Office

As a young grad, it can be hard to establish yourself in the workplace. Even if your work will speak for itself most of the time, you’re the new entry in a group of older coworkers and you can earn respect from Day One by presenting yourself professionally and minding your mannerisms. Let’s see how to act as the youngest in the office.

Here below 12 tips to get you started:

1. Dress for business

Choose your attire paying attention to every detail: your clothes[1] should not be too tight, too short, or too revealing. You should look professional and at the same time be comfortable.

2. Perfect standing

Shoulders back and head up! Your posture is important as what your attire when it comes to making an impression: you should avoid any inclination to cross your arms, roll your eyes or twirl your hair.

3. Forget the words “Ma’am” and “Sir”

Addressing colleagues and clients with a gentle “Sir” or “Ma’am” makes you a novice and emphasizes your junior status.

4. Strive to interact with everyone

Stay with same-age colleagues it’s the office equivalent of sitting at the kids table! Try to engage with senior colleagues in order to allow them to know your talents.

5. If you’re making a statement, make it without apology

You should look more confident as possible, so if you want to propose something or if you have an idea you should say it ruthless.

6. Speak more confident as possible

Don’t mumble, don’t stutter, and avoid peppering your speech with juvenile words.

7. Let that your youth is an advantage…

Bring fresh ideas to the table: technology, social media, trends are your best friends and you know them better than your older colleagues.

8. …But don’t criticize how the things are currently done!

Focus on what you can do to improve processes and ideas rather than what’s being done wrong.

9. Don’t be afraid, it can’t hurt to ask!

You have to learn! Ask and listen for the answers, all the clarification or further directions will help you to grow up professionally and personally.

10. Create your personal niche

Build your credibility by being an expert in a particular area and sharing your knowledge with colleagues. Showing the initiative to become that go-to person and putting your talents in the spotlight will only help you.

11. We are human, everybody can fail or make mistakes… Restart and don’t be afraid!

Everything is OK, if you never fail it means that you are not stepping out of your comfort zone.

12. But do apologize

You are the owner of your mistakes. Explain your plan to correct the situation and what you intend to do differently to avoid the same mistake in the future.

Remember, pay your attention to your mannerism and be self-confident. If you have a job it means that you have valuable skills and qualities to contribute. So believe in yourself and you will be a respected and contributing member of the team.

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4 Things I wish I knew when I graduated

This summer, colleges all around the world are proceeding with commencement ceremonies, pushing students out of educational nest into the real world.

I remember this moment of life vividly and I can’t imagine another disruptive way to represent this rite of passage. After this event, you know that everything will change, from the clothes you used to buy to your bedtime and it won’t be always pretty.

Here below a list of things that I wish I’d known when I graduated.

  1. It’s time to Grow Up

I have sadly to admit that you have to forget your former student identity: stay up late and party and perform at the office is not the best combo. You can’t have the best of both world because being prepared and engaged at 9 AM, five days a week is not possible with a hangover!

So, you should start taking small steps toward more adult behaviors, like getting enough sleep and eating food other than pizza and McDonald’s.

What I want to say is that you don’t have to change totally your habits or the way you are, the lesson here is that you will need to prioritize a little more. Gradually you’ll be able to change and balance your private life with your professional duty[1].

  1. Forget the “Gold Stars”

Forget about grades and regular feedback, nobody will told you how you are doing. You are now responsible for paving your own way and there is no clear path to success.  You will not recognized for every achievement and you won’t be evaluated by a simple system like grades.

This will push you to grow dramatically and it also will help you to realize how important it is to have professional mentors. They won’t give you a grade every semester, but they will be able to provide advice, guidance, and feedback when things become especially challenging.

  1. Weird friendship

Just as a family, we don’t generally get to pick our co-workers. So, you will spend 40-50 hours per week with a lot of people that probably are not like your typical friends or roommates.

Probably you won’t connect with them soon, but when you can learn a lot from them and it won’t be so bad have a coffee together.  So, accept the occasional offer to attend a happy hour or birthday lunch, and over time, in order to start to fit with them.

Indeed, with a little work and an open mind, you’ll be surprised at how easy can be to build meaningful relationships at work.

  1. When the going gets tough, life still goes on

I don’t want to sound melodramatic or your mother but life gets a lot harder after college and you are forced to grow up.  Looking back, if I had known how much my life would change and all the obstacles I’d face after college, I probably packed up and moved to a remote island to avoid it all.

But despite all the ways I could have prepared and planned for my future, I think that the youthful optimism I had as a new grad was really all I needed. Moreover, the financial independence, the new opportunities, all the new people you’ll meet, will help you to enjoy your life outside your comfort zone, and change and grow as a person.

So, the message that I want to share with you and to all the new graduated is that it’s not going to be easy, but it’s going to be awesome!

How to increase your salary

HOW TO GET A BETTER JOB OFFER OR PAY RAISE?

As employment demand increases, many companies around the world are struggling to attract candidates with the skills and experience they need to stay in the game. Moreover, the last thing they want to lose is their best minds. This makes room for talented professionals to negotiate not only with potential (new) employers but also with their existing employers.

CAN YOU NEGOTIATE A HIGHER OFFER?

If you are eager to get a raise or you want improved benefits from your employer. The first question you may need to ask  yourself is “Why should I get it?” Be as objective as possible when evaluating your performance with your current employer: Have you managed to add significant value to your team and the company as a whole? Can you prove your worth? Have you got good feedback from the manager and the boss?

If the answer to these questions is yes, then you can negotiate a salary increase with your current employer. Depending on the circumstances, your employer may have no choice but to improve your compensation plan. For many companies, it is worthwhile to raise a salary for an indispensable employee.

Employers know very well who the best performing and most valuable employee is/are. They are, therefore, eager to retain them for as long as possible. But that doesn’t mean they have to provide more money. So, if you are a highly regarded professional and you want to ask for a raise. Your employer may be willing to negotiate with you.

Conversely, if you have been working hard and have not reached the expected level, you may find that your employer is less likely to participate in compensation negotiations. In some cases, employers may even be happy with the employee’s departure, so they can use the same money to find someone to replace them.

WHY SHOULD I GET A BETTER SALARY?

As the saying goes, “If you don’t ask, you won’t get it.” Therefore, when conducting salary negotiations, make sure you have a large number of case studies and achievement references. Being able to prove your value to the organization on certain terms will give you the opportunity to get better offers. Alternatively, you can provide the same information for a new job at the interview. The flipside, however, is that your employer may be at risk of losing you to their competitors.