One Year On the Job: A Reflection
Last week marked my one year anniversary at my job. This year has been a wonderful learning experience in so many ways. I have learned a great deal about myself professionally and personally and learned great skills and knowledge that have made me a better PR practitioner and event manager. As I reflect on my career over the past year, there are a few things that have been drilled into my brain and should be drilled into everyone else’s too.
1. Networking is a Necessity
Networking should become a routine for every professional, no matter what business you’re in. This is especially true for marketing and public relations professionals. Continuously work at building a solid group of supporters and partners for yourself and your business.
2. Protect Your Online Reputation
You have to protect your online reputation by continuously monitoring the various social media platforms you use. Today, people will most likely come across you online before they meet you in person and you want to make sure you give the best first impression. First impressions determine the tone of a relationship or if there will be one at all.
3. Show Up and Step Up
Everyday you have to show up to work physically and mentally. Be prepared to work, to face challenges, and always to do your best. You also have to step up. You will not move forward in your career or move up inyour company unless you step up to the plate and take on more
responsibility. You must stay positively motivated and show initiative.
These things seem simple, but we often forget the simple things. As 2012 nears, I am excited to see what fun clients, new events, and amazing changes await me. I will take the above lessons and many more with me into the new year to keep growing and getting better.
Cheers to the New Year!