We all want to be seen as the best and brightest, thinking this will make us the best candidate for the job. However, what good is being clever if you aren’t useful as well?
WPP’s Jon Steel said it best “Don’t be clever. Be useful”.
You must become useful, even invaluable first.
Do the grunt work: We all want to move up, but first we need to do our time. Believe it or not, your boss does appreciate you filing papers or grabbing coffee. Volunteer for those tasks no one else is picking up, and be excited about them. Being willing and dependable are great ways to keep your desk.
Be a Suzy Sunshine, not a Johnny Raincloud: It’s amazing how much a good attitude can turn things around. Everyone has bad days, but don’t bring a bad attitude to work with you. Be careful with this one though, there is fine line between pleasant and fake.
Always bring your “A-Game”: If you aren’t on top of things, people will notice. Sure, you may feel buried under that mountain of papers on your desk but don’t break under the pressure. Above all, pay attention to the details. This may seem daunting, but imagine your embarrassment if you misspelled a word in a national ad!
Be curious: Unplug yourself from that iMac and look around. What are the people around you working on? What did the last press release say? Have you read the new Ad Week? Always be interested in what is going on around you both within the agency and in the outside world. Absorb everything.
The more you know, the more useful you will be.