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How to have a good reputation

Dec 25, 2016

This is important especially at work!

“It takes a good many deeds to build a reputation, and only one bad one to loose it” -Benjamin Franklin

The fashion industry is EXTREMELY small. People constantly move around, and it is imperative to establish and maintain a strong reputation. The connections you make at your current company will be helpful later in your career; especially if they are working for a company you’re interested in.

Key points to remember:

  • Smile and be thankful when asked to complete a task, especially if it’s for the entire team
  • Offer to spearhead tasks for the team
  • Don’t let stress or a bad mood affect your interactions
  • Consistently strive to go above and beyond in all that you do
  • No task is too small, and no one is above any task. Try and find something positive about the task if you feel it is mundane or unnecessary
  • Be dependable; the best thing you can do is for your boss to know when given a task you will complete it efficiently and accurately
  • Develop strong relationships with everyone you work with: vendors/clients, the mailman, receptionist, other teams within your company, etc. It can be exhausting, but it’s worth it
  • Be timely with your email responses and follow-up (show others you care about your role by quickly responding and giving the person what they requested)
  • Over communicate; don’t let something get lost in translation
  • Ensure that you’re on the same page with those you are working with. You may be thinking one thing that others didn’t realize
  • If an email upsets you take time to calm down before responding
  • Be humble!

Delia Folk

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