I was an employee of the television industry, an industry that consists of an average of 16-hour workdays, time away from your family, and constant change. The television industry is different than others, but in a sense it’s similar because either way, we all have to maintain professionalism. Being an assistant in television molded me and helped me with my career today as a Personal Trainer. Below are five tips that I acquired from the television industry that can guarantee success for any career.
1.) Arrive 15-20 Minutes Earlier Than Your Assigned Time.
There is a saying in my industry that goes, “Arriving on time is late, and arriving early is on time!” Getting to your job early allows extra time to prepare and analyze the workload ahead of you for that day. In my field, time is always of the essence, and being late even one time can hurt your reputation and your chances for landing your next gig.
2.) Never Say You Can’t Do Something.
If your boss assigns a task for you to do, always accept and never reject. Rejecting a task will only encourage him/her to find someone more reliable enough to get it done. Think of the task as a challenge, accept it, and whatever you don’t understand, figure it out and then get it done. In the world of television employees are expendable; prove that you are worth keeping.
3.) Always Smile.
In any event of a rude or unpleasant customer or even an employee, never let anybody get the best of your emotions during a job. Smiling through unpleasant situations proves you have the ability to overcome your feelings, which puts you one step closer to being boss material. Bosses don’t become bosses by being rude, they do so by acting pleasant. When you are working, pretend the feeling of anger is non-existent
4.) Always Go the Extra Mile
There are some people who do a job and neglect customer satisfaction. We may not always be qualified to help a customer with a specific task, but show an effort and interest in their problem. If a customer requests something from you that you can’t help them with, don’t turn them away, instead, show them you are willing to refer them to somebody who can assist them. Going the extra mile will separate you from other employees and place you under the bright light of excellence.
5.) Always Assume Somebody Is Watching You
Do not do anything you wouldn’t do in front of your boss. Even if you are outside of your profession on a lunch break, you must always remain professional and follow the appropriate conduct. One way to look at it is by remembering this, “There are eyes and ears everywhere!”