Originally Posted by Lord-Barrington
The best thing you can do at a junior/entry level is:
Make yourself as indispensable as possible.
Make an effort to be liked. I think being "respected" is for the bosses. If you can do both, congratulations but I think at a junior level it's more important to be liked than respected.
Look outside for yourself first and foremost but respect the needs of your workplace and those around you.
These haven't worked for me. And I know what has been keeping me down and I'm not sure how to break free from my own career destroying morality.
Learning how to lie. This apparently happens constantly and it's driving me mad. I'm a horrible liar, someone asks me something and whoops, there's the truth spilling out my stupid mouth.
Boss, "You excited about the staff retreat?"
Boss, "You don't think you'll learn anything?"
Me, "Not at all."
Fuuuuuuuuuu. Don't ask me shit. I know that I should smile and say that it should be fun and blah blah blah, but it never comes out. FML.
And as mentioned before, schmoozing (aka, brown nosing, ass kissing, being a sycophant). I thought that my work ethic, and my abilities would do the talking for me. WRONG, schmoozing is 100% more effective. I don't go to work to make friends, I go to do my job. I don't care what you did on the weekend, don't care about your children, don't want to go to your backyard BBQ on Saturday, I want to do a good job at work.
I'm really working on this, I'm able to stomach a short convo about mundane things. I finally ask people how they're doing and how their weekend was. And I've learned to smile and pretend like I don't want to run away immediately.
Don't get me wrong, I have some work friends who I will gladly chat with, but those relationships took time to form. I just fail at BS'ing.
The worst part is knowing that my behavior is hurting me, and knowing that I have the power to change it.