I’m coming up on my one-year mark at Levo and I’ve definitely made more mistakes than I can count… but I’ve also had huge opportunities. The opportunities definitely don’t just happen. It’s also a startup, so admittedly, you have a lot more room to grow (and grow fast), but it’s definitely not easy.
Ha, my first day!
When I started working at Levo, there were so few people there that absolutely everything everyone did mattered. The needle would move (mostly in a good direction, but sometimes not). And the impact was real and measurable. What you were contributing and what you were messing up on was oh-so-noticeable.
The things that Jason highlights in here are great. They’re things that sometimes I didn’t do intentionally, or things I realized I should be doing.
We’re More Productive in the Morning | I am typically the first person in the office and I get SO much done between 7:30 and noon. I can go into the afternoon for high level strategy thinking and brainstorming knowing I got what I need to get done, done. Warning: Getting in super early kind of stinks when other people get in later and hold 6pm meetings
Social Media is not a Career | It’s just not. But the root of what it is is. Audience building, community management, marketing, copy writing, branding, etc. Take a real look at what it is you do without getting stuck on words like Twitter or Facebook.
Be the First In and the Last to Leave | Seriously. You know everything that goes on. You’re always there to help. And you get a lot done. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve been in the office at 8pm and something needs to get done (likely because someone else forgot). Volunteer to get it done and then just do it.
Take Responsibility for Your Mistakes | Why wouldn’t you?! It’s super obvious you screwed up. Own it.
You Have to Build Your Technical Chops | If you know how to mockup wireframes and edit an image in Photoshop (like actually edit) or do a little front end design…. you will stand out. YOU WILL STAND OUT. Make it your priority to see what other people in the office are using and then teach yourself. Spend Saturday mornings learning the ins and outs and next time you can pick up a piece of a project.
Read More Books | Really.
I know I don’t talk in depth about what exactly I do at Levo. But currently, I’m managing a team of four people (plus one amazing intern). Managing is probably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do and I’m learning a lot (and also making tons of mistakes). My team is awesome though, so it’s great be working together. And I have an amazing manager who tells me what I could do better when leading a meeting and also gives me advice and resources to just become a better manager. For the record, I begged to not have to manage a team. I really didn’t think I could do it. It started off with managing one person… and then two… and this summer two more people have joined. And, everyone was right, I can do it. It’s just not easy, which I guess is the fun part. (Also, I’m the youngest. That’s an extra element of difficulty. Probably more of how I picture myself than how they picture me… but it’s still hard!)
What have you learned from your job? What’s helped you succeed and grow professionally?
PS One more tip? DRESS THE PART. I don’t care if the rest of the office is in yoga pants, it’s not happening for me. It’s probably a little gender stereotypical, but if you’re dressed for the role you want, you’ll feel (and act) differently. Wearing nice dresses and heels, even if sandals and shorts are okay, makes me feel more confidence. And at the end of the day, it’s all about the confidence.
I was so excited that @MyMyrtleBeach invited me to come play pickleball with them! I am obsessed with pickleball and had a blast playing at City Pickle, right here in NYC. We brushed up on the rules, practiced some dinking, and got to play a few rounds of the game– it was the perfect way to spend the day because everyone plays at the beach! #ad
I loved watching The Parent Trap growing up and still do to this day. It is one of my go-to comfort movies… There’s so much I love about it: the cast, the soundtrack, and (of course!) the wardrobe. We all have a little Annie James and a little Hallie Parker in us! I’ve always been drawn to Annie’s style, but love the carefree nature of Hallie’s. #parenttrap @nmeyers #tuckernucking
The British brand @me_andem is now available in the US! If you are on the hunt for beautifully tailored, quiet luxury pieces for your wardrobe, you have to take a peek. The clothing is the highest quality and feels designer, but since they are direct to consumer, they don’t have the typical designer markup. The brand follows what they call “The Three Fs”: flattering and functional, with wear-forever appeal with each piece they create checking all three boxes! #meandem Shop my head to toe look with @shop.ltk! https://liketk.it/4j8Hg #liketkit
I`ve been looking forward to cooler temps and fall activities.... and the outfits that go along with them! @saksoff5th is having a sitewide sale now through 9/24– save an additional 25% OFF orders $150+ with code ITSON (excluding select brands and products) The perfect time to stock up on pieces for your fall and winter wardrobe. @CollectiveVoiceHQ #ad #SaksOFF5th
Wearing vs styling an outfit with a bump! I feel so much better when I’m wearing something cute (dress well to feel well maybe?)… I’ve been fighting the temptation to wear comfy clothes while pregnant though! So far I have found blazers and cardigans an easy way to dress up my second trimester bump, especially as we enter fall.
Fall for me means tailored blazers, touches of corduroy, and cozy sweaters… @jcrew, as always, has us covered with all the classics! Shop my head to toe look with @shop.ltk #liketkit https://liketk.it/4iOR7 #injcrew #ad