As I approach my 6-month mark at Markitors as a Digital Marketing Manager, I have come up with a list of 6 useful takeaways from the job thus far. These takeaways are relevant for anyone in any job, so enjoy!
#1. The first thing I have learned is that everyone is unique. This falls in line with our core values at Markitors, but it’s true for every company. Everyone who starts a new job has unique knowledge and experience, however, they all share one common goal of growing their skills. I don’t think we should compare ourselves to where others are at. Rather, we should ask them intelligent questions to understand their thinking.
#2. It’s okay to not know everything. I felt pressure when I first started to have all the answers, but I quickly realized that I didn’t always have to. You’re probably stepping out of your comfort zone for the first time in a while, so don’t get in your own head too much. Take a step back and realize what you need to know to be successful. Don’t try to prove that you have all the answers because that actually might hold you back.
#3. Time management is the foundation of success. In order to complete all of your tasks for the day, you need to know how much time you’ll need. Plan out your day prior to leaving the office the day before so that you know exactly what you need to do tomorrow. Leave a few time slots open for random tasks that come up during the day so you’ll have the ability to get those done as well. Before you leave on a Friday, jot down what your deliverables are for the following week, so when Monday comes, you’ll have a head start.
#4. Take. Your. Time. It’s important to edit, edit, edit, look away, and edit the thing again. The last thing you need is a simple mistake that could’ve been avoided if you took the time to read carefully. The quality of your work will improve and the possibility of embarrassing client interactions will be minimized.
#5. Try to learn something new every day. One of my goals is to walk out of the office with a new piece of marketing knowledge every day. It doesn’t seem like a hard task, but it has a big impact. Over time, you’ll realize your tool box of knowledge is greater from it.
#6. Ask smart questions. Before I go to my boss with a question, I make sure it cannot be answered by a coworker or Google. This will not only help you develop good investigative skills, but also the ability to ask the right questions.
And, of course, the most important thing I’ve learned is to make sure you’re doing something you love. If you feel like you’re just going through the motions at work, try to spice things up a bit. Ask for more challenging tasks or take a vacation to clear your mind. You will find that even a little change will make the biggest difference.
Joey Bonitati is a Digital Marketing Manager at Markitors, a digital marketing agency that connects small businesses with customers…and has a good time doing it.