On Wednesdays We Wear Pink: Career Advice From Mean Girls

Today is the 10th anniversary of Mean Girls. Take a moment to reflect and feel old. Done? It ends up that you can find inspiration from unlikely sources, in this case, the Plastics and the other unlucky inhabitants of the school (oh and that girl who doesn’t even go there). Take this career advice from Mean Girls.

Career Advice From Mean Girls

Career Advice From Mean Girls
1.
When you are the new person at work, make a few friends: Do you have a Damon and Janice? Find one or two people at work and try to become friends with them. Invite them to coffee or lunch. Being the new person at work is much more comfortable when you have a few friends who can help you understand the ins and outs of the office.

Mean-Girls-Cafeteria

 

mean-girls-cafeteria

2. Brainstorm, strategize, and always have backup plans: Brainstorm far in advance. Anticipate potential problems and find solutions. Always have a backup plan.

Mean Girls GIF
Mean Girls Sweatpants meangirlsquote1

YouCantSitWithUsMEANGIRLSAnimatedGIF

None for Gretchen
Mean Girls GIF

3. JFGI: A wise friend of mine once told me about an acronym her coworkers use, JFGI, otherwise known as Just Fucking Google It. Save your questions for those that have to do with company procedures and things that you can’t Google. Example: What time do people usually get to work? (Ask it!) What is the Excel command for counting the number of characters in a cell? Is butter a carb? What are kalteen bars? JFGI.

Is Butter a Carb

Kalteen Bars

Sears Mean Girls GIF
tumblr_m4jnoucxgf1ruj35mo1_500
tumblr_lo4qyrsksq1qdqlhzo1_500
4. Learn industry jargon: Learn industry jargon and become familiar with the types of things that people in your industry care about. For example, I know that people in my industry respond well to the terms SEO, ROI, and engagement.

rs_480x270-131003121721-sofetch.jpg
picgifs-mean-girls-3447518
tumblr_inline_mj9oqgVMyP1qz4rgp
giphy
rs_500x255-140331111456-tumblr_n22jihdscp1qcm0m3o1_500

5. Be your own best advocate: One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever been given is that you have to be your own best advocate. Someone told me, “If you don’t advocate for yourself, who will?” Hopefully you are fortunate enough to work somewhere where people promote one another, but it is also your responsibility to let people know when something great happens. Make it known. I also recommend keeping an email folder and a file folder called your “happiness folder,” or some slightly less corny name. Keep track of any congratulatory emails you get because they are great to read when you are having an off day or as a reminder of your accomplishments when you are ready to negotiate for a promotion!

tumblr_lrr8qflxgt1qbkkwqo1_500
url
6. Never leave a papertrail: Always assume that your email will be printed out and read to your boss. Don’t assume that something you write will be kept private.

burn_book
1359645312421318920

7. Don’t gossip: Unless you work in a perfect workplace, people probably gossip a bit at work. People won’t always get along or agree with one another. Don’t gossip or create backchannels. If you have feedback or something constructive to tell someone, tell them directly. (Recommended Reading: The Dangers of Workplace Gossip)

tumblr_m7ixzuaqbb1rwbl7wo1_500_large

Mean_girls_gif
mean-girls-6
114527922_The_Mean__356423c
Mean-Girls
tv-movie-teachers-advice-gifs-mean-girls-thedailyquirk
tumblr_lumrmvvduh1qg5m9xo1_500
8. Be transparent, be authentic, be nice:
People like to work with people who are authentic, transparent, and nice.

large

tumblr_mczwabhe0L1r9ktnn

 What career secrets did you learn from Mean Girls? What would you add?

4 Responses to On Wednesdays We Wear Pink: Career Advice From Mean Girls

  1. Pingback: Every Year Of The '00s, Ranked From Worst To Best | Sharing Interesting Stuff, Updates News & Free Tips

  2. Pingback: 『00s(最悪の事態から最高までランクを付けられる)』の年ごと | これは良い美味しい食事(^-^) 最新メニュー

  3. Pingback: 23 Awkward Situations That Inevitably Happen During College Orientation Week | Sharing Interesting Stuff, Updates News & Free Tips

  4. Pingback: 23 Awkward Situations That Inevitably Happen During College Orientation Week | Ferguson

Comments are closed.