Opportunity Knocks: 3 Ways to Make a Lasting Impression

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Summers are a great time for college students to get out of the classroom and get some experience in the real world.  I think it is a great idea to try all kinds of different jobs so you can see what you like and what you don’t.  Don’t fall into the trap of staying with one job summer after summer over your whole college career.  If you do that you will find that you missed out on a great opportunity.  Summer jobs are great because they only last for a few months, which is especially good if you find yourself not liking the job.

In a summer job, internship, apprenticeship, or temp job, you’ll likely be making copies (and coffee), doing research, and brainstorming ideas.  If you have an outdoor job, you will just be putting in manual labor.  This “bottom of the totem pole” work may make you wonder why you are even there.  Just remember that everyone is a resource.  My advice to you would be to take advantage of the opportunity to network, build relationships, and give employers a reason to remember you.

So how do you stand out from the rest?  It’s not really rocket science.  Here are 3 tips that will put you well on your way to make a lasting impression:

Be Professional

The list of things you need to do to present yourself as a professional are to be on time, dress appropriately, respect others, and work diligently.  This means avoiding personal phone calls, surfing the web, and over socializing.

Be Eager and Willing to Learn

You need to understand here that there is a fine line between being eager and willing and schmoozing.  You do not want to cross over this line or you will quickly lose the respect of your co-workers and possibly even your employers.  No one likes a brown-noser.

Take Pride in Your Work

Whether you find yourself making copies or picking up someone from the airport, work as if you’re ending world hunger or solidifying world peace.  You may not realize it, but you are being watched.

Even though these points were aimed towards college students and temporary jobs, these exact same tips will help you even if you have had your same job for 35 years.  Everyone appreciates people who are professional, eager and willing to learn, and take pride in their work.  If you have been at your same job for a while, I would like to pose a challenge to you.  For just this summer, attack your job with the drive and desire you would if you were in college again and your job was just a summer job for you.  See what your productivity level does when you put in that type of effort.

Many of us lose our passion over time from doing the same things over and over again.  This summer let your passion come back.  Remember, when opportunity knocks, you want to make a lasting impression.


About wmarsau

Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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