Advice to Millennials from a Millennial: How to Stand Out in the Workplace

Millennials, those born between the early 1980’s and 2000, the next generation of entrepreneurs, politicians, and cultural icons. We are presented with a great challenge at the current time. The American economy is becoming increasingly unfriendly to us, and our parents’ basement is looking more and more like a long term living arrangement.

It does not have to be this way though. We can completely change the country and the world for the better, if we put our minds to it. There are some things that have to be addressed about our generation though before we can make our world a better place. I have a few tips for my fellow Millennials, to help you stand out.

1. Shrug off the narcissism and entitlement mentality

This probably strikes conviction for a lot of Millennials. We are typically known as spoiled kids who think the world of themselves and think the world owes us everything. Keep this in mind: the world was here first, it owes you nothing.

Acknowledging this changes your perspective on work. Once you realize that nothing is owed to you except the opportunity to become the next Donald Trump, you will gain the will power to put your nose to the grindstone and get to work.

2. Stand on solid principles

No, this does not mean that you have to become a Christian. For me, I base my principles in Judeo-Christian philosophy. Others do not, and have become very successful even without my religious values.

But wherever you are, you need to stand on some sort of moral ground. There may come times when you are faced with something that is morally questionable. If you do not have a solid foundation in which you steadfastly believe, you will fall for anything.

In a society that continues down a road of relativism and postmodernism, it is refreshing to see people who stand up for something in their life. Will it get you enemies? Of course it will.

Will it get you a lot of friends? Maybe not, but they will be the right friends.

3. Put on the cloak of humility

I cannot emphasize how much it strikes your superiors to have an attitude of humility, and a servant’s heart. It breaks their preconceptions about our generation if you show humility, and are willing to learn new and different tasks.

If you have a summer job, don’t puff yourself up to your coworkers or brag about your accomplishments. Let your work speak for itself. Dedication and hard work leaves a greater impression in the minds of employers than boasting ever could. And trust me, in this tough jobs market, you want your old bosses to remember you well.

4. Know basic things about politics

For many Millennials, politics is boring and uninteresting. I myself am the epitome of being the exception to the rule. Whether it interests you or not, basic knowledge about what is going on the the political world is important. Politics affects everything in a society. If one gets their politics wrong, everything else in society will be negatively affected.

By being politically aware, you will be more likely to engage your superiors in conversation, and be able to show them your ambition. If your boss mentions something in passing, and you recognize that idea from your study time, try to hop in to the conversation if appropriate. It will leave an impression in their minds, whether they agree with you or not.

Use what you have observed from study and learned from your mentors. Again, think about leaving a strong impression in the minds of your bosses and colleagues.

5. Dress for success

First impressions are one of the most important things you can control in this world. If you dress like a slob with your pants hanging below your rear end, and wear T-shirts with obscene logos, you are not going to attract good employers.

Does this mean you have to always dress in a suit? Of course not! I recommend getting some nice polo shirts, quality jeans or slacks, and a blazer. You don’t always have to wear this style, but when going to social gatherings, aim to look better than everyone else there. That will get you noticed by others, and will change your mentality and how you carry yourself.

These are a few of the steps I myself have taken in the dawn of my professional and personal life. I won’t lie; people will notice the change in you by doing these things. Some may even reject you for going outside the box and challenging the status quo of our generation.

Out of all of these, the most important I would say is to stand on solid principle. The other steps can fall into place once you put on the right mindset.

Views expressed are not put forth or endorsed by Red Millennial.

Originally published on my LinkedIn profile.

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