Yesterday, the PDXSX cohort took a tour of the renowned PR agency, Edelman. During Edelman’s presentation, something stood out to me that was said when describing what they look for in an intern and a potential hire: they like “doers.” Now the reason this stood out to me was because this exact same advice was given to me at my initial interview with the company I currently intern at. They told me, “if you have an idea just run with it. We’re doers here.”
It’s difficult finding the right time to be a “doer,” I’m constantly struggling between when to ask for help and when to “just run with it” mainly because I don’t want to screw things up. What I have come to realize is that there are no expectations to be perfect at your job right away and that it’s okay to ask questions when needed. But taking the initiative to do a little work at first and then pausing to ask for some advice or a review looks awesome in your employer’s eyes. It shows you’re willing to step forward.
You don’t have to do perfect work. You honestly just have to try and show that you’re willing to go the extra mile. That’s what makes you a doer.