5 Steps to Impress in your New Job

Instead of a long and boring introduction i will cut it straight to the point. I know that’s what you all want to read anyways.
I would like you to understand that you should apply them step by step.

1- Read, Read, and Read !

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Business is mainly the concept of buying and selling. But we cannot ignore the fact that we are all people, and machines haven’t yet substituted us in personal meetings and closing deals.
When we land a new job, that is a deal being closed.
Now no one ever likes a know-it-all. But we all would like to be one. Especially in the business world. So as soon as you wake up, drink your coffee while reading anything, may it be a book, articles or brochures. Extra knowledge always helps in dealing with people and with matters at hand.
We live in a world of Data. Our minds are Databases, we store raw data, and process them into information.
When we talk about business, that information can be tailored to all needs, whether it is to impress, prove wrong or right, or a conversation starter. But be careful no to overdo it, as we said, no one likes a know-it-all. We are all secretly intimidated by them.

2-Make Friends with your Co-Workers

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Do not underestimate the power of relations. As soon as you get in, before boasting about your qualities and skills, make sure the people around you are not trying to hurt you right away, although that will happen whether we want it or not.
Establish mutual respect, and admiration with others. Know their interests, and use the Data that we talked about in the first step to process information that you and your new friend can both talk about. If you do that correctly, and choose the right people, you will have a force by your side that will help you in most cases, we all want to “Stick it to the man” as Jack Black said in his movie “The School of Rock”

3-Be Confident

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Even if you don’t know anything about whats being discussed or done, look confident. No one ever likes a confused face in business, although they say that ” If you are not confused, you’re not paying attention”. You have earned this job, someone else could have had it, but in any way, you got it. Show them that this position was created for you, you were born ready for this task, and that you will do the impossible to get it done. Even if you don’t believe in this, but in business keep in mind that The End does justify The Means. Machiavelli knows best in this case.

4-Never let Criticism get you Down

Photography by Nigel Tomm

Photography by Nigel Tomm

If you do, it shows that you aren’t confident. No one is perfect keep that in mind. A few questions are considered as
“Stupid”, but hey, we all have Google for that. Never hesitate to ask, because you might be asked a lot of things throughout your career. You must Give in order to Get.
If your boss said that your work was not enough, don’t just give up. Go back, sit countless of hours in your suitable working space, and get it done. If you need help, get it. If its still not enough, sit countless of hours more ! And if that is not enough, well that is your cue to prove everyone that you are right, and start convincing. Persuasion is a gift, but it can be evolved, it is vital for business, and if you don’t know anything about it, well then go to step 1 again.

5-Smile

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This may seem simple or stupid to some. But believe me it gets you places.
A smile can mean a lot of things. But most importantly it shows confidence, don’t over do it though because then it will be just sad.
If you were being criticized, but you had a smile on, believe me the boss would instantly trust that you can get it done .
If someone in your office hates you, smile, showing that you don’t think about them at all.
Clients never like to work with a sourpuss, and whether you like it or not, everyone around you is a client. Even your Co-Workers. You are selling them your image without you even knowing.
Be positive about anything, no one has ever gotten anywhere by nagging and sobbing. Hard times will come, that is inevitable, but from their ashes rises a stronger you.
By Artimus

Turning Point

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Turning Point

The Turning Point.

There are a lot of turning points in life. We experience them everyday, whether happening with us or with others. It’s a point in time that defines you, tests you, sees what you are made of. You either crack down and fall in despair, or you embrace it and grow stronger.

For the past month i have been interning in an Ad agency, that is based on design only. Like i said before, this agency is in the GCC…A small agency, since i’m only 21 years old yielding 1 year of advertising experience. Throughout this month i have been tested by the agency and by myself. I came out strong…stronger than myself, and stronger than the agency.

The turning point is always boiling up. It is a never-endless pot getting boiled up by different catalysts that are consequently piling up to make this pot’s lit explode. I am in the office now, this is why i am writing.
The turning point is always boiling up. It is an incident that makes you realize or learn something that changes the course of your actions and your plans. My plans ? Get a job opportunity in the GCC, prove myself, gain power…in the end, don’t we all want power? Even happiness is a form of power. All that we strive for can be considered as power.

The turning point is always boiling up. Less experienced but more open minded and ready. My Lit is finally off…
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A Worthy Stand Down

Before settling in the Gulf, i had just graduated from University in my home country. Filled with ambition and willingness to work. Well that ambition didn’t last long.
Lebanon…a beautiful country, my homeland. Nature that can cure your eyesight; Mountains so green and filled with life that make you want to retire and live in a campsite, Sea so pure and vast,so close, making you want to take a dip with your working clothes on for a change. 18 different religions intermingling with each other, Churches sound their bells as Mosques start their prayers. I will never forget that image. The sun settling in behind the horizon turning the sky red, as bells and prayers echo together, in sync with the sea’s wavy surface. Beautiful.
Nevertheless, beauty alone wont put a shelter above your head. Lebanon has deep social, political, and economical issues that will remain forever in my point of view. Those issues are enough for most of its youth to flee the country in search for job opportunities and better pay. Such a pity, but we have to face reality.
As i had just finished my university studies, i was approached with a job opportunity in an African Country. The pay was well, the services were amazing, and the experience would have been great, just one problem: it was either me or my best friend “Tom”. Tom was a very cool dude, but he didn’t know what he wanted in life and where he would go next. I had a basic idea of what i wanted. From the start i had a picture of me working in the Arabian Gulf region for experience and opportunities.
The interviewer picked me eventually.
As i was going to sleep, a rush of thoughts and emotions kicked in. Damn you human mind and your night revelations.
I felt that somehow if i take that job, i am betraying my friend…he was happy for me, but i wasn’t anymore. I felt that if i go, nothing will remain the same. It was a gut feeling that was striking me so hard. Was it a sign ? was in my conscience trying to tell me something. Well whatever that was i listened. Next morning i called the employer, and told them i am out.

Tom is now in Africa, happy & enjoying life and his job. I am happy. He deserves it.
I am in the Arabian Gulf.
Your Conscience talks. Listen.

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Artimus

Artimus is a fictional name made up of my real names exact letters. I have decided to start this blog as a mean to communicate my different day to day experiences and what they mean to me. I think that people can relate to what i feel whether they like the idea or not. I work in an advertising agency in a certain Gulf Region. The life of a creative Ad executive and what is underneath the obvious
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