QHow do I differentiate myself?

answered May 28th, 2012 by Phoebe Wright

A young woman I am mentoring has a summer internship with one of the major securities firms. She asked me: “How do I differentiate myself?” I turned the question over to the Babes.


“When working as an intern the key differentiator is attitude.  Be open to learning.  Be positive.  Dress professionally.  Don’t be defensive when you get feed back.  Try to be as thorough and accurate as possible, but accept that you will make mistakes.  Do not join in office gossip or disparage coworkers or bosses.   Treat everyone with respect.  Learn to stand up for yourself diplomatically. Today, more than ever, workers are free agents.  Establishing a good reputation as someone who is bright, productive, and easy to work with will stand you in good stead for the rest of your career.


I’m in my fifties now and on my fourth career:  Project manager, financial service executive, leadership development entrepreneur and now exporter.   I have stayed in touch with many of my bosses and coworkers from my jobs in my twenties.  We became friends and supported each other with referrals and work.”


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