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First Job Out of College? 4 Tips for Nailing It from Day 1

Your first job can be a great learning experience and building block, but it’s all about what you put into it. Here are some tips that I’ve learned from my own experience in the office.

  1. Be on time: This is a simple tip, but it’s really important. Get to work on time or even 5 minutes early, every day. If your boss says be there by 9 AM, be there by 8:55. That’s it. Do it and don’t complain.
  2. Be Polite: Making a good impression is half the battle, especially because in a new job your work can’t speak for itself yet. No matter who you meet you should give off an air of friendliness and openness. So those manners your mom always bugged you about? It’s time to put them to use. Say hello, say please and thank you, and say excuse me not “What.” Make eye contact when someone is talking to you. This will show people that you are actually listening to what they are saying. If you find yourself in a situation where you don’t know anyone, take the initiative, hold out your hand and introduce yourself. Yes these may seem like small details that have little to nothing to do with your career but trust me, they do.
  3. Work Hard: Make it your personal goal to dispel all of the beliefs people have about Millennials. When someone asks you to do something extra that may not fall under your job description, it should be seen as an opportunity not a nuisance. Stepping up and accepting a challenge is the ideal way to get noticed in a new job. Yes, this may mean that you’re working late, or getting in early, but you have to work hard to get where you want to be.
  4. Believe in yourself: If you know you have a great attitude and work hard you’re allowed to ask for it to be acknowledged. However there is a time and a place for this. Most companies have a yearly review with your manager. During this time you can voice your thoughts, and you should. The point of the review is to get feedback on your work and to give feedback. Again, and I cannot stress this enough, say how you feel but in a polite, mature manner.

Learn everything you can, don’t engage in gossip, show up on time, and get to bed on time. Do not show up in any state other than ready to work. Take care of yourself so you can put your best foot forward. This is the beginning of the rest of your life. You get out of your career what you put into it. If you take your work seriously, you will be taken seriously. Simple as that.

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Internet Week New York : 24 Seven’s Top Picks


Photo : Michelle Kinney

Over the past several days, members of the 24 Seven Talent team attended Internet Week New York.  We sat in on many panels and fireside chats led by professionals from a broad spectrum of industries.  Technology, mobile, advertising, government, television, film, recruiting — you name it.  From big data, social media, women in tech, wellness in the workplace, and digital surveillance — there were a myriad of discussions about how far we have come, where we are today, and what our future may look like.

We were lucky enough to absorb an abundance of information at Internet Week New York 2015. So we wanted to share some of the wisdom with our 24 Seven Talent Thread readers.

Here is a list of our favorite moments from Internet Week New York 2015 :

Nate Silver in Conversation with NY1’s Pat Kiernan

From NY1 to FiveThirtyEight and numbers in between, Pat Kiernan and Nate Silver discussed how the explosion of available data has impacted journalism – not only how stories are being told but what stories are being told. (Via IWNY)


“Homepage traffic is flat. People aren’t going through the front door.”  Nate Silver (FiveThirtyEight) on the importance of social media and site traffic. | (Photo : Michelle Kinney)


“Treating the reader as an intelligent individual is important to us.” Nate Silver (FiveThirtyEight) | (Photo : Michelle Kinney)


#Rokertalk: Weather Gets Digital with TODAY’s Al Roker

Host and weatherman of NBC’s Today Show, Al Roker sat down with Mashable Science Editor Andrew Freedman for a wide-ranging chat about the impact of digital innovation on weather forecasting, his passion for apps, and how digital tools are enhancing his personal brand. (Via IWNY)


“Just because it’s on the Internet, it doesn’t mean it’s true.” – Al Roker |  Photo : Michelle Kinney

"I think twitter, is the most significant tool. Not just for weather, but for real-time information to verify a forecast." - Al Roker | Photo : Michelle Kinney

“I think Twitter is the most significant tool. Not just for weather, but for real-time information to verify a forecast.” – Al Roker | Photo : Michelle Kinney


“The worst thing you can do is read the comments section.” – Andrew Freedman talks about the topic of climate change on social media. | Photo: Michelle Kinney


Protecting the Digital Self in the Age of Surveillance

Nuala O’Connor President and CEO, Center for Democracy and Technology gave a presentation about how to protect the “digital self,”  and how we must develop an approach that carefully balances law, policy, and individual choice. (Via IWNY)

"There has never been a moment in history that has influenced self-expression like the Internet." - Nuala O'Connor | Photo : Michelle Kinney

“There has never been a moment in history that has influenced self-expression like the Internet.” – Nuala O’Connor | Photo : Michelle Kinney


The Workplace Experience : Inspiring Talent Today and Tomorrow

Recruiting the best and brightest talent—and retaining them—goes far beyond a competitive salary and a strong benefits package. An innovative workspace can boost employee happiness, too. Inspiration by the forward-thinking spaces today’s most forward-thinking companies have designed to inspire creativity among employees. (Via IWNY)

"The office needs to feel like home for hundreds of people & its important to give them a diverse environment." Noa Santos (Co-Founder, HomePolish)  | Photo : Michelle Kinney

“The office needs to feel like home for hundreds of people & its important to give them a diverse environment.” Noa Santos (Co-Founder, HomePolish) | Photo : Michelle Kinney

"What we're seeing more of is the idea of activity based work environments." Lenny Beaudoin (Senior Managing Director, Workplace Strategy, CBRE)  | Photo : Michelle Kinney

“What we’re seeing more of is the idea of activity based work environments.” Lenny Beaudoin (Senior Managing Director, Workplace Strategy, CBRE) | Photo : Michelle Kinney


To Lean or Not to Lean?

Empowering Women to Challenge the Gender Gap

Today, a mere 27 percent of technology jobs are held by women. While there’s talk around the issue, action must be taken now. Our community needs to ask not why, but how can we make this change. This was a lively panel discussion at Internet Week, focused on how we can challenge the norm, influence change, and shape future opportunities for women in the tech industry. (Via IWNY)


“Driving a change is going to be through people like us having conversations like this. All of us encouraging the next generation. We need some heroes!” Shenan Reed (President, Digital, MEC) | Photo : Michelle Kinney


“You don’t have to study computer science to work in technology.” Nicole Ellis (Manging Director, Solutions, Teach for America) | Photo : Michelle Kinney


“The only reason I did it was to make a difference.” Ari Horie (Founder/CEO, Women’s Startup Lab) on overcoming stage fright to be a female keynote speaker at SXSW. | Photo : Michelle Kinney


Communicating with #CocoRocha

The world of technology has transformed just about every aspect of our lives and fashion is no exception. Supermodel social media savant Coco Rocha communicates with her audience, with a world of poses in her arsenal. (Via IWNY)


“Thirteen years ago you were supposed to know me for my cheekbones, not my personality.” Coco Rocha talks about modeling before social media. | Photo : Michelle Kinney


“When I first started playing with social media I was told, ‘don’t!’ – Coco Rocha | Photo : Michelle Kinney


Chelsea Clinton in conversation with Ben Fry

Chelsea Clinton and Ben Fry (Founder , co-founder ,) discussed the recently released findings of the No Ceilings Full Participation Report , which compiles and analyzes data from more than 190 countries to identify the progress women and girls have made over the last twenty years, and the gaps that still remain. (Via IWNY)


“Progress cannot be mistaken for success.” Chelsea Clinton | Photo : Michelle Kinney


“The United States is one of nine countries worldwide that does not have paid maternity leave.” Ben Fry | Photo : Michelle Kinney


“It’s important to have humility and realize we still have work to do in our own country.” Chelsea Clinton | Photo : Michelle Kinney

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Warren Buffet’s Career Advice For Female Millennials

Warren Buffet shared some valuable career advice during Levo League‘s “Office Hours” session last week.

Here are our favorites from Business Insider’s recap of the event:

Find your passion.
“Never give up searching for the job that you’re passionate about,” he says. “Try to find the job you’d have if you were indepenWarren Buffetdently rich. … Forget about the pay.”

Develop healthy habits by studying people.
Study the people who are “cheerful, generous, give other people credit for what they do.”  You determine the qualities you have.

Get involved with growing businesses.
“You want to get on a train that’s going to go 90 miles an hour. These businesses offer far more opportunities than others.”

Learn everything you can about your industry.
Buffett says he reads six hours every day because he believes that growing your intellectual prospective will also help you critically solve future problems that may arise. “I knew a lot about what I did when I was 20. I had read a lot, and I aspired to learn everything I could about the subject.”

Learn how to communicate effectively.
Buffet admits that he was once so terrified of speaking in front of groups that he couldn’t even recite his own name. Recognizing the importance of effective communication in business, he enrolled in a public speaking class to help him overcome his fear. “That class changed my life in a big way,” said Buffet.

Remember: Admitting your weakness is a show of strength.



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