Success is something we all aspire to, regardless of what stage we find ourselves in our career. We’ve all struggled to figure out how to get started or where to take the next step, which is when we turn to words of wisdom from people who’ve been in our shoes before to help give us direction and inspire us to keep moving forward.
We checked in with pros from various industries like hospitality, sports, advertising, PR, non-profits, entertainment and more to hear their best tips on how to get ahead and achieve career success.
Marketing Consultant, Motivational Speaker, Author
Geo’s tip: Do what you love and you’ll never have to “work” again. There are many obstacles and hurdles to deal with when it comes to being successful in business, but when you love what you do, you’re willing to jump those potential barriers at all cost.
Adrienne’s tip: Be yourself and embrace creativity…“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different” – Coco Chanel
Associate Director, Talent Acquisition
FCB (Foote, Cone, Belding)
Cynthia’s tip: Don’t stay or move for the money. Work with people that inspire and motivate you, and do work that you’re proud of… The money and success will follow, accordingly.
Sports Social Producer and Contributor
VICE Media, Inc.
Karisa’s tip: Never stop learning and always strive to be over-qualified. The more you know and the more proficiencies you can add onto your resume, the better person you are for the job. Take the time to keep up with the evolution of your industry and make yourself essential to your team’s success.
Art + Production Director
Dani’s tip: Make some internet friends. Strive to be the best person you can be, challenge yourself, step out of your comfort zone and turn your weaknesses into strengths!
Campaigns Manager, Poverty + Homelessness
Do Something Inc.
Namita’s tip: With your opinions, internships, and job pursuits, don’t be afraid to fall in the minority. The worst thing that will happen is you’ll stand out and the best thing that will happen is you’ll stand out.
Senior Marketing Associate
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Nubia’s tip: Dreams get bigger and brighter, and so will you. You’re not going to get your dream job upon graduation, nor do you want to. You always need something to transition to, in order to continue to discover new learning and growth opportunities throughout your career.
Simeon’s tip: If everyone knows that career tip, there’s a good chance it’s played out. That’s dozens, thousands, millions of people doing the same thing. Siphon out the best of it, remix it, make it your own and go all in.
Patrycja’s tip: Nurture human relationships – business doesn’t get done bwteen comanies but rather between individuals. Get curious about the people in the comany so that they get curious about you.
Head of Inbound Marketing
Carl’s tip: Keep connecting!
Talent Acquisition, Junior Analyst
Warner Music Group
Joel’s tip: As one of my professor’s always says, start with the end in mind. Start cultivating a path that will lead you to where you want to be 15-20 years from now. Set goals, and even if they change over time, make sure to be true to yourself and follow your interests and passions!
IFC (AMC Networks)
Mike’s tip: Drop the facade during an interview and be yourself. In doing this, you end up working with people you mesh with and are set up with a runway to take off from.
Senior Director of Strategic & Executive Communications
Joel’s tip: Hold one arm up. This is an activity you love to do. Hold the other arm up. This is an activity you do very well. Cross them into an X.
See that intersection? That’s your career goal. You may not get there soon, but now you know what you’re aiming for.
Here’s an example…
1.) Ask a question/address a problem – What is the best cover letter and resume to use for this application?
2.) Do background research – What is the mission statement of the company? What have others said about the company? Can you match the brand voice of the company?
3.) Create a hypothesis – “If I present my cover letter and resume in this fashion, then I will get an interview”
4.) Test your hypothesis through experimentation – Apply to various jobs presenting resume and cover letter in different ways
Assistant Manager of Integrated Marketing & Communications / Executive Director
Toyota / ColorComm
Zoé’s tip: Most of the time, your dream job is not just going to up and fall in your lap. Be proactive and ask for what you want.
Senior Manager, Events Marketing
Christina’s tip: Don’t ever feel like you’re stuck, there are always plenty of options available to you if you choose to open your mind to see them.
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