|Posted by Justin Tucker on December 2, 2015 at 4:00 PM|
Remember how hard you worked to get your foot in the door of what you perceived to be your dream career? Think about all of those years spent pursuing higher education, perfecting that resume and cover letter, making your rounds to various companies of interest to fill out endless applications, wearing out your best suit on countless nerve-racking interviews, offering to intern for little or no pay, sending out emails to professionals who knew nothing of your existence, and finally getting your start with a “bottom of the barrel” position. After all that you’ve been through, you should be proud to have worked your way up to you current status within your field. You’re more than likely at the point now where coming into the office day after day is second nature. You’ve gained enough experience and made enough connections to be able to handle all of your designated tasks without having to be micro-managed, and you’ve even gained the respect of your boss and fellow co-workers. At this point you may be asking: what comes next?
Of course, a promotion probably sounds like the ideal answer, especially if that includes a pay increase or more vacation time. Unfortunately, that is not something that I can guarantee, and I apologize if I may have gotten your hopes up. But one thing that I would start looking out for if I were you, after building solid networks both within the office as well as amongst other notable professionals in the field, is and E-vite to the next big industry party. Let me tell you – this isn’t just about lighthearted conversation and sharing one too many cocktails with your boss’s associates (although that probably would make for a good time). Gaining access to the exclusive industry party means exchanging ideas, successful career moments, and most importantly, business cards with some of the top players in your discipline. That’s why it’s important to be prepared, and the following items will ensure just that:
You may have spent all this time stressing about how to keep your good reputation, but you should remember that an industry party isn’t the one professional – actually it’s not always that professional – environment where actual work is not required. With that being said, relax and try to enjoy yourself. Have yourself a drink and enjoy the music as you show off your interpersonal skills. Before you know it, it’ll be Monday morning again, and you’ll be highly anticipating the next function.
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