1. Accept feedback with grace.
Over the course of your career, you'll be evaluated. Your boss will tell you what you should keep doing and what can be improved on, and you should be able to take in feedback and criticism gracefully. It's for your own good anyway. So listen well, don't take things personally, and correct your performance.
2. Time management.
It's part of life now to be juggling things, so it's a small wonder that people are looking for work-life balance. And to keep yourself from feeling stressed, lost, and frazzled in every minute of your life, you'll need to master time management. Do one task at a time, and choose your tasks based on your energy level (if your energy's up, take a harder task; if you're tired, go for mindless ones).
3. Being on time.
Being on time will do you good, even if other people aren't punctual. There's more to gain on your part, like giving someone important a good impression of you, you save money, and you can be more productive.
4. Working with a team.
When you're working for a company, you have to be able to work in a team at the very least. There are things you have to do and goals you should achieve, and you have to be able to be civil with freeloaders or that bossy or highly aggressive colleague you dislike. Not to mention you also have to find your own voice and be able to express it.
5. Saying no respectfully.
If there's something you don't want to do or can't handle at the moment, say no. Don't forget that having too many things on your plate is going to drive you crazy and might even make you sick. If you're worried about hurting your coworker's feelings, suggest helping out next time.
6. Basic Photoshop.
We're in the digital age, so knowing how to resize images and touch up pictures is pretty important. It puts you to an advantage if you're not exactly in the design or design-related industry. And if you are, well, Photoshop is a requirement.
7. Speaking in front of people.
This could be public speaking or just reporting data analyses in front of your colleagues. In any case, you have to be able to speak confidently and be able to say what you have to say. A lot of people are afraid to speak in front of a crowd, no matter how small, so it's good to be able to come prepared, psych oneself up, and think you're excited rather than anxious.
8. Influencing others.
There's power in being influential. It can help you gain the respect of many people; it can shape circumstances to your favor. You can influential through your words or actions, so find out which one attracts more people.
You need to negotiate for some things in your life to get what you want. For example, a salary increase. When negotiating, be sure to remain friendly but firm, and frame things positively—talk about what you can offer.
10. Writing grammatically correct e-mails and reports.
Since we also communicate in writing, we need to make sure we do so effectively by going straight to the point and being grammatically correct. It saves us time and effort from explaining ourselves, plus we show that we're competent.
11. Making small talk.
Small talk takes lots of effort, and a lot of the time you have to engage in it and look interested in the other person even if you're not in the mood. It's all part of the networking process. You never know when you'll need the people you meet!
12. Quick decision-making and problem solving.
Urgent things require immediate attention, and some problems need to be solved stat. You can't just sit and spend an hour or more thinking of what to do; delaying problem solving can just worsen matters. If you're going to think, you have to be able to think fast and act fast when need be. Be calm under pressure, and answers will come to you.
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