Your Career and You: “New Experiences…Be Excited!”

Publication1I just had a fun chat on Facebook with a young friend/former Curry College COM/PR student who has just started his spring semester internship with a prestigious Boston PR firm.

Right from the get-go, they’ve put him on two account teams and have him taking on  client-service tasks that would otherwise be done by more seasoned team members.

His excitement was obvious as he described to me the environment and the “vibes” of this new experience. As we exchanged comments, I found myself getting just as excited. He’s obviously in a good place now (graduating in May!) and is adding yet another pre-professional experience (aka: “internship”) to his already pretty impressive resume.

This is exactly what I tried throughout my third reincarnation as a college professor introducing young men and women to the profession that has been my own life’s passion for close to half a century.

Be excited…and let others see your excitement! Why? Because when you do, you visually and verbally tell your supervisor and your co-workers that you like what you’re doing…which implies that you want to remain a part of this awesome environment and to do your best to help everyone succeed.

In my mind, there’s nothing worse than to have someone higher up the “food chain” in an organization say something like “You don’t seem to be very happy here.”All of a sudden, you find yourself on the defensive sputteringly denying the observation and trying like crazy to reclaim lost ground.

Now I’m not suggesting that you go enthusiastically nuts and annoy the dickens out of everyone around you. But allow yourself to show your excitement at having done a project well…you’re telling others that you really enjoyed what you were doing and are proud of having done it well.

More important (in my mind), you’re subtly saying to your superiors, “I would really like to continue my relationship with your organization as a full-time employee.”

So that’s my start-of-the-new-year advice to you, my friends. I believe in your ability to succeed. And, as a hiring manager/business owner, I value people like you who I believe can help me succeed.

But you have to show me that you take pride in your work and that you want to continue to make a contribution to my business’s success.

So do your assigned tasks. Do them well. And, when I or someone else with whom you are working commends you on a job well done, be excited!


About kirkhazlett

35+ years' federal government and nonprofit organization PR experience followed by more than 20 years' undergraduate and graduate college teaching experience. Community and media relations expertise, as well as a fanaticism for quality service and customer satisfaction. PR for healthcare and member services organizations ranging from Blood Bank of Hawaii to Medical Area Service Corporation to Boston Harborfest. Consulting services for Manila and Singapore Red Cross.
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