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A New Millennial in the Workforce Series: On Reputations
Published on by Joshua Blaho in Blog Posts, CS3 Technology

 

 

Our newest employee at CS3, Joshua Blaho, is a millennial new to the world of desk jobs, so we asked him to write a weekly blog series about his experience.

Read the week 1 blog here.

Week 2: The Importance of Reputation

As a part-time bartender, I have conversations with people on a deeper level. These conversations tend to be more intimate than you would expect to have with a customer. As an office assistant, I stare at my computer for 90% of the workday. My day brightens when my phone rings. I think to myself, “YES human interaction!” I'm easing into the idea that I can't have constant social interaction in my office the way I do as a bartender. I guess I miss the connection and weird form of networking.

I have always been a social butterfly. Every time I go out with my friends, they make the same comment: “Who do you not know?” Tulsa is a big city with little town vibes. I guess those vibes are expanding. I’m meeting new people every day through this job, and I realize the importance of keeping a respectable and professional demeanor in this business. It would be easy to destroy a reputation, especially now that my social circle has expanded to include a new professional industry.

With that said, I had to make quick and dramatic changes to my interactions with people, and that has translated into my life away from the office. Now, I speak with my friends differently. This isn’t a bad thing because it’s making me notice what is posted on my Facebook or said at networking events. The only places where I completely let go are online gaming or at live music events.

Reputation is like a credit score: it’s easy to mess up and takes time to build. I’m working on securing an even better score.

Read the week 3 blog here.

 

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