5 Professional Habits To Develop In Your 20s

Developing professional habits early on is crucial to your success in the workplace or as a business owner. Our business manager, Samantha, shares her best tips on establishing good habits from the start.

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If you’re a twenty-something creative entrepreneur or working your way up the corporate ladder toward that glass ceiling, these next few years are going to be some of the most informative and instrumental in shaping what kind of person you’ll be throughout your entire career. Establish those professional habits sooner rather than later. It’s imperative to get started off on the right foot. Here are a few tips I learned by trial and error that’ll help you set yourself up for success.

1. Dress the part.

I know, no one likes doing laundry or wearing clothes that aren’t yoga pants, right? In the workplace, your appearance is taken into account for everything you do. There’s nothing worse than showing up to a meeting wearing jeans when everyone else is business formal. Depending on your line of work, you should have a pretty good grasp on what’s acceptable and what’s not. Learn how to read your audience and dress for success. Need some outfit inspiration? Here are 10 Chic February Outfit Ideas That Are Sure To Inspire Your Style.

2. Clean it up online.

Everyone is vetted via social media these days. If you’re applying for jobs, now is not the time to have your profile picture be a selfie where you’re kissing a bottle of vodka. I don’t necessarily recommend making your profiles private because future employers will want to see your personality on social channels as well as probably make sure you know how to use them. Just clean it up enough to where your fun personality still shines through, but you don’t look like you’re still clinging to sorority life.

3. Network, network, network.

As a newbie in the workplace, you’re starting from the ground up. There’s no better way to establish your presence than by getting out there and networking with fellow creatives and entrepreneurs. Not only will you make some great connections for the future, but the more you do it, the better you’ll get at it. A professional happy hour can be a fabulous opportunity to boost your career and meet new people. Don’t just limit it to in-person networking events! Get online and join some Facebook and LinkedIn groups, Twitter chats, you name it. Just get out there and get social and you never know what will come of it.

4. Learn how to write a decent email.

This is so important. Please, please, do not write a professional email like you’re texting your bestie. It not only makes you look unprofessional, but it makes you appear immature and unprepared for the workplace. Keep the tones of your emails professional and grammatically correct, until proven otherwise. If you’re corresponding with a client and they use a lot of smileys, great! Feel free to read your audience and gauge the situation accordingly. But until then, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

5. Under-promise and over-deliver.

This is a great habit to develop in your 20s. Take on more than you’re expected and work harder than you have to. If you come in and hit the ground running, the higher ups will take notice. Your clients and employers will always be impressed and you’ll establish an impressive reputation before you even hit your 30s.

Drink your water, take your vitamins, wake up and kick some ass. This is such a fun and exciting time in your life and career, so be sure to set yourself up for success and establish habits that will carry on for many years to come!

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Author: Samantha Welker

Samantha Welker is the business manager at Glitter Guide. She has an Master's in Corporate Finance & Sustainability from Harvard Business School but prefers working in the creative industry. She also hosts a weekly business podcast for creative women called Pretty Okay Podcast. She loves spending time with her husband and her son, Rocky, in sunny San Diego. Follow along on Instagram