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Develop a Positive Brand
Rule #1: Develop a Positive Brand TV scenario: “I don’t want to be, like, a guy here, you know? Like Stanley is the ‘Crossword Puzzle Guy’ and Angela has cats. I don’t want to have a thing here.” – Ryan Howard, The Office. Real Life Lesson: The distinctive habits you develop affect how you’re perceived. Decide what your best strength is and play to it.
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Rule #3: Be Flexible TV Scenario: Ted Mosby, the architect on CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, often finds himself sneaking back into the office for late-night work sessions. Real Life Lesson: Overtime can take you to the next level, or at least score you some perks. Check your firm’s official policy about comp time or flex time. Some companies offer additional vacation days for overtime.
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Rule #5: Keep Learning TV Scenario: “This class is phase one of my career: I write, I get published, I work my way to editor, and then I can run a magazine.” –Ugly Betty’s Betty Suarez, on a writing class she’s taking at lunch Real Life Lesson: Furthering your professional education is always a shrewd move if you’re looking to advance your career. Carefully assess what skills you still need to acquire before jumping into costly continued education courses. And find out whether your firm will reimburse you for the effort.
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