It was a big decision for me to stay enrolled solely to participate in the Portland Senior Experience, but I am so glad I did! I learned a lot about myself, as well as what to expect as I pursue a career in public relations and communications. Here are two main lessons that I will remember while I continue my search for a job!
1. Be Confident
Be confident in your abilities and what you bring to the table. It’s important as entry-level professionals that we understand our strengths and what we can offer to an employer. We need to know ourselves and feel confident sharing our opinions in a professional setting.
When you have ideas and suggestions for how to improve something, share them with your coworkers or even in an interview before you get hired. This is a good way to prove yourself and earn respect as a professional.
2. Be Yourself
Don’t be afraid to show your personality in the office. Your potential coworkers and employer want to feel confident that you would be a good fit on the team and that they would enjoy being around you every day. If you don’t feel comfortable opening up and being yourself in an office setting, try your best to make an effort to do so.
Then, if it doesn’t work out, it probably isn’t the right office for you. It’s better to find this out early on, so don’t hold back your personality too much. There’s a balance between being professional and still putting your personality on display; it’s important to find it!
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