I’ve talked before about how I don’t have a lot of clothes, but I do like to accessorize what I have to keep it looking fresh. I ended up collecting a plethora of costume necklaces, and they all just got piled up on my dresser and looked like a huge mess. I started looking for something to hang them on, but anything I found just cost too much to justify buying. So in the meantime I started hanging all the necklaces on a clothes hanger in my closet just to keep them out of the way.
A few months of this went by, and my necklaces were still getting in a jumbled mess that I would have to pull apart every time I wanted to wear one.
Mike of course is very handy, but I am not. I decided I wanted to change that and asked him if he would help to teach me some wood working skills, and he was totally on board. I looked up a few pictures online and found an idea for a cabinet that I really liked on Ana White’s website (http://ana-white.com/2012/06/plans/wall-jewelry-cabinet). Mike liked it too, but made a few adjustments to it to make it our own.
Unfortunately, the day we selected to do this ended up being a bit busy. We had to squeeze the project into a two and a half hour window between teaching in the morning and a bridal shower in the afternoon. Mike was a total trooper and gathered all the supplies and tools needed and was ready to get to work as soon as I got there. The two and a half hours weren’t enough to get everything done, so Mike had to finish up the door to the cabinet after I left. Even though I didn’t get to do a ton of work, I really enjoyed helping Mike and learning the processes needed for a project like this.
And it also doesn’t hurt that I LOVE the finished product!
This video started as a response to a question about getting ahead on minimum wage. But I quickly realized that my advice for someone working an entry level job is the same I would give myself today to get noticed.
The short version is you need to become your boss’s most responsible and reliable employee.
Here’s a few ways you can do that:
Show up early or on time for every single shift. No excuses.
Always be working. Even when things are slow, never stop doing. Depending on your line of work that might mean cleaning or organizing, stocking, or even just smiling and greeting. (When all of your co-workers are on their phones, you be doing side work.)
Be a good co-worker. Being unlikable will cast a shadow on all of the hard work you’re doing. Do the things that make their jobs easier, even if it makes yours more difficult.
Once you’ve proven yourself responsible, you’re ready to become a silent influencer. Silent influencers are the ones who are quick to perform and slow to take credit. The raise themselves up by bringing everyone around them with them. (Example in video)
Once you have influence, you’ll be given more responsibility and opportunities to prove yourself. Now is the time to step up and perform. You need to become INVALUABLE. We are not paid for our time, we’re paid for the value we create. Make sure you provide more value for your boss then you are paid for. Only then are you in a position where you can confidently ask for a promotion and raise.
UPDATE: One of our subscribers dhawkins0000able had some great tips to add to the list. Here they are:
1) Show up. Be on time, if not early.–Sounds simple…it is. Don’t call in sick 5min before your shift…call as early as possible.
2) Volunteer. Sometimes managers would let us pick from a list of closing duties…picked the hardest, nastiest, or dirtiest (cleaning floor drains, grease vents)–This helps you stand out as a “go-getter” and “hard-worker”.
3) Ask. Express an interest in becoming a shift leader (advancement), and work toward it (learn SOPs).
4) Be Flexible. Often, the more flexible with your schedule, the more opportunities you will be able to accept. Would you be ready if a 3rd shift supervisor slot became available?
5) Attitude. Smile, and act like you want to be there. Nobody likes to be around people who just sap the energy right out of you.
What does it mean to have your sh*t together? As an 18 year old in 2005, I bought a $200k dollar house with almost no money. Everyone thought I had it figured out. Unfortunately the housing bubble popped, and I was left with a climbing interest rate. I had to walk away.
Looking back it seems you don’t have to do much to get your act together and look successful. I did it the wrong way, but you can use that to your advantage!
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