I am often asked to give my favorite pieces of career advice, and here as some of my favorites tips from over the years, aside from living and loving "the bible" aka "Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office." If you have not read it, do so now!!
Mentorship works up, down and sideways. Do you have a mentor? (If not, find one). Are you giving your mentors as much as they have given you? Are you giving those below you a hand up? . There’s a continuum of knowledge wealth among generations. Share what you know, learn from your mentors, learn from others.
Are you a good citizen? Your company will be part of a community — find that community and nurture it. Your business venture will be an integral part of your state’s economy. Become an active participant in the economic and business communities in your state.
Be brave enough to take the next step, whatever it is.
Have your own brand, something that makes you unique. It may just be a great 15 second elevator speech, but have something that people will remember you by.
It’s important to identify what you want and ask for it. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want.
Build your own connections. Ask for help from those people when you need it.
Don’t submit your resume to HR alone. You should also email it to someone on the inside. Make those contacts. Don’t be afraid to cold-call or cold-email people. Assume that they want to talk to you. Exercise your contacts.
Don’t be afraid of rejection (it is going to happen). Put yourself out there. Ask for what you want and need.
Get a full night sleep and eat all your meals. You make mistakes when you’re tired or hungry, don’t do it!
Every time you do something (did it work, did it fail miserably?), write it up. Catalog it now, then you can easily advise other people who will need help in the future.