Many of you have probably seen the Labels Against Women add that Pantene put out recently. It explores how the same action taken by a man is interpreted differently (and sometimes negatively) when taken by a woman. A strong man is “the boss” while a strong woman is “bossy;” a man is “neat” if he takes care of his appearance while a woman is “vain.”
All of our actions at work and in life, regardless of how we intend them to come off, are interpreted by those around us. This is what creates our reputation. Because what is a reputation, really, other than the beliefs or opinions that other people have about is?
This is totally random, but this is a little piece that our internal corporate communications groups did on me and my husband for the employee newsletter. Enjoy!
Have you ever been at an office holiday party, and as you look across the room, you realize that you know no one in the room?
Or have you gone to a business conference, and during meals and break sessions you sit by yourself, playing on your phone and hoping you look busy so that you don’t have to awkwardly try and meet people?
We’ve all been there, and I’m sure we’ll be there again. But networking is such a critical part of our professional and personal growth, and it’s a skill worth practicing every chance we get.
As world renown Gen Y career adviser, Penelope Trunk, has astutely observed, Gen Y wants to be entrepreneurs. We want to be our own bosses. We don’t want to live in cube farms for the rest of our lives, and we want the two things that never seem to go together: time and money.
Instead of working long arduous hours on a startup that may or may not pan out (or pay out), many Gen Y folks – and retirees for that matter – are turning to direct sales. They don’t plan to get rich quick, but it is their safety net or “Plan B” should they lose their job, want to quit their job, or want to supplement their income. And I can tell you from personal experience, there is nothing more rewarding and empowering than owning your own business.
Since I just started my blog about one week ago, I am very excited and humbled to receive the Sunshine Award from thatmadmuslimah, an engaging storyteller and creative writer that I follow. (You can check out her stories here!).
My understanding is that the Sunshine Award is given to blogs that inspire you, that have creative content, or blogs that are a ray of sunshine in your day.
I have come to the conclusion that there is often more wisdom in taking risks than in playing it safe. I didn’t arrive at this belief by scouring research papers and reading self-help books, though they’ve definitely reinforced the message. I first believed this statement because of a quote from a new school Italian man born about 500 years ago.
Let me explain…
Looking back on my career so far, I like to think I have a pretty good interviewing track record. I’ve interviewed for seven different positions, and I landed all but one of them. I’m not saying this to claim that I’m some sort of interviewing guru, but I do seem to have a knack for it.
(Note: This assumes that my resume made it past HR and to a hiring manager. I didn’t bother to count the number of jobs I applied to and never heard back about. More on that in a later post, “Your Parents Were Right: It’s not always what you know, but who you know…”).
My first job out of college –
A Safari Driver at Disney World
I hear people say all the time that young professionals only plan to stay in a job for two to three years (Forbes). I’ve even heard HR reps say that Gen Y employees will have seven different careers before they’re 30. And that’s pretty accurate.
My name is Marla, and I’m starting a blog. Why you might ask? For a couple of reasons actually…
1) I’m a sales and marketing professional in my mid-20s and I’ve had a pretty interesting career so far. From driving Safari Trucks at Walt Disney World to starting my own business, it hasn’t been boring yet!
At the moment, I’m in the middle of a career transition because of a company reorganization. They saw me doing one thing, and I see my career going in a different direction. As I work through job interviews, negotiations, further education, and reinventing myself as a young professional, one of my colleagues said I should share my experiences in a blog. So if nothing else, this is for you Penny!
2) I’m a young professional who travels all the time for work, recently bought a house, and just married my college sweetheart. I have a lot of thoughts and even questions on how to achieve this mythical “work/life balance,” so I’d love to start a conversation with people who are going through the same things in life or have been there before!
3) I’m taking the #ZeroToHero challenge! Lots of great ideas and recommendations for getting a blog up and running on this blog. So I’m joining the challenge.
That’s pretty much it. In this blog I’ll talk about what it’s like to be a young professional today, I’ll share tips and life hacks I learn as I go, and I may or may not include some random posts on ballroom dancing. (Full disclosure: my husband and I love to dance! Even though we’re not professionals by any means, we’re almost always one of the first folks on the dance floor at a wedding!)
That’s it for my first post! More random thoughts and comments coming soon.