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From the Levo Mentors: 10 Ways to Excel in an Entry-Level Position

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Many members of the Levo community have graduated from college in the recent months, and you’re beginning the transition into the real world. While some of you may be going on to graduate school, traveling, or taking advantage of other opportunities, several of you are searching for your first jobs on the career path you prepared for throughout college.

So what happens once you’ve landed that entry-level position? You made it through the interview process, but the real work has just begun. This job will set the pace for your career not only in how you perform your tasks, but in your attitude and the connections you make. That’s where Levo League is here to support you. Our mentors are successful people with inspiring careers who desire to help you. Here’s some of their best advice for your first year on the job. Reach out to them for more tips here.

1. Prove yourself

“Don’t ever take a job for granted. Every day you must prove yourself. I also think it is smart to identify your top ‘clients.’ This would include your immediate boss and 2-3 other partners that are key in getting your job done well. Understand their needs and their hot buttons. Ensure they become your fans.” — Tracy Cioffi, Vice President, Marketing, See’s Candies

2. Understand the company’s leadership

“Lean forward with leadership. Yes, the Millennials need to understand why the leadership team is the way they are. Try a little empathy, bravery, and curiosity, and awesome will happen.” — Joanna Bloor, VP Sales Operations & Advertising Operations, Pandora

3. Get to know your co-workers

“A new job always provides ample opportunities to make connections. Don’t be afraid to walk up and introduce yourself. Invite your colleagues to lunch or coffee, get their take on the ins and outs of the city, and if that doesn’t work, come armed with sweets. Who can turn down home baked goodies?” — Dustee Jenkins, Vice President, Public Relations, Target

4. Express your ideas and generate your support

“Identify the individual in the organization who you think will care about what it is that you are trying to do and be supportive of it. That person may or may not be in your department. It’s important to build energy and excitement around your idea and the more people you can get on board, the better. Also, developing a concrete and compelling proposal that demonstrates the value of your idea is really critical to getting people on board.” — Fran Hauser, President, Digital, Time Inc. Style & Entertainment Group

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5. Translate your successes to advance

“Work hard! Your success in one position will translate into success in another.” — Caroline Everett, Brand Campaign Strategy Senior Manager, Birchbox

6. Monitor your growth

“Keep a ‘real time’ resume. Every week, write down a bullet point or a few bullet points of what you learned that week. Write it as if you are already done with the job and working on your resume. The best way to keep track of your skills for the future it to write them on down in the present. You can use a free tool such as idonethis.com to track your work.” —Shama Kabani, CEO & Founder, The Marketing Zen Group

7. Never stop learning

“Always learn things on the side on your own to really set yourself apart!” — Carly Hetilinger, Director of New Media, Levo League

8. Share Your Knowledge

“I have found that teaching a skill is a great way to stay fresh and further your mastery of it. Seek opportunities for passing on your knowledge—you, who you are teaching, and the organization you work for will all benefit!” — Tara Syed Williams, Director of Business Analytics, One Kings Lane

9. Don’t let yourself get stuck

“I’ve seen people with masters degrees get ‘pigeon holed’ in support roles. Unfortunately, a large majority of women are often recruited into support roles and they usually stay in such roles. Over time, it might become extremely difficult for to gain the important skills and exposure you really need to move ahead and to brand yourself for bigger roles. While this is not true of all support roles or executive assistant roles, generally speaking, barriers to advancement exist for women in support roles. Weigh all your options, then, just start! As you begin, your career path will become clearer and take shape over time. I am excited for all the possibilities ahead of you.” — Cindy Pace, AVP, Diversity & Inclusion, Head of Global Women’s Initiative, MetLife

10. Keep going, no matter what

“There are going to be times when it is very, very hard. Keep pressing, keep pushing, keep trying. Don’t be deterred by those obstacles. Keep finding ways of pushing past them, without losing sight of why you’re doing what you’re doing, who your are as a person, or your passions. It’s going to all work out. It will be okay. Fight for what you believe in. Persevere. It is possible to make change in the world, and you will achieve your dreams.” — Binta Brown, Corporate Lawyer/Advisor & Sr. Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School M-R Center for Business and Government

Do you want more advice from Levo Mentors like Fran Hauser, Binta Brown, and Dustee Jenkins? Click on their names to ask them a question!

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#First Job #Entry Level #Graduates Career Advice
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These are WONDERFUL tips!! Levo Mentors always have the best advice. I especially like Cindy Pace's advice about not getting stuck in support roles and Shama Kabani's tip about keeping a real-time resume.

I love Carly's advice to never stop learning! Thanks for the awesome tips Levo Mentors!

The Levo mentors always have such incredible advice! Starting your first job at an entry level position can be nerve wracking but I really think that following these tips will help you succeed in any job!

I love these! But how do you get back on track when you find yourself drowning and confused? Asking for help and delegating responsibilities is not really as easy as it sounds!

Tiyana Peters
Tiyana Peters

Maintaining a "real time" resume is a great idea! Awesome tip!

Prove yourself, as many times as required...hard work always pays off! Great advice, thank you Levo Mentors!

These are all great tips! My favorite is monitoring your growth. What a great idea to write bullet point each week of new skills and qualities.

I absolutely loved #2,7, and 9. Sometimes the initial structure and leadership of a company isn't fully apparently, and it's important to understand it in order to see how the company functions. And #9 is so important for women, as we have to be resolute or risk being passed over in the long term. I think by gaining new skills we can make sure that we're always seen as an asset no matter what.

I'll be starting my first REAL job out of college next week, these are great tips!

I think monitoring growth is a spectacular tip! When I'm leaving a job, it's not always easy to translate years of work into a succinct description.

One thing I did during the training program at my new position was write down milestones I hit or things I accomplished. It helped me feel like I was actually accomplishing something, which was helpful because it can be hard to feel like you're making progress or being productive during training. I think that would be a great practice to keep up with on a regular basis!

Awesome tips! This week I hit the 1-year mark in my first full-time job, and these are really helpful pieces of advice. The real-time resume is a great one - at the end of each month, I've started documenting all that I accomplished so that I can keep track of my resume through the year.

S K
S K

Fantastic tips - each and every one of them! They all really resonated with me, especially #6 - Monitor your growth. Great advice for entry level positions.


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