BWA’s Back To Work Tips

The silly season has come to an end and Mondayitis is back in full throttle. However the new year is a perfect opportunity to set some career goals and seize new opportunities. Which is why I thought it would be perfect to share with BWA readers some hot tips in order to get to the top.


Set up a LinkedIn profile and connect with people in your industry. LinkedIn is an easy way to find the people and knowledge you need to achieve your goals. It enables you to control your professional identity online and promote yourself.

Look your best

Take pride in your appearance and dress to the occasion. Look professional, don’t go overboard with make-up and keep your hair neat and tidy. It leaves a lasting impression.

Organise yourself

Take time out before you go to bed to plan your schedule for the next day, or write down your ‘to do’ list. Even plan your outfit for the next day if you are a stress-head.

Get to know your colleagues and boss

It pays off to be nice in the work place. Remember names and certain conversations you have with people. Be confident and learn more about your boss –they are the one who will remember your face when that certain promotion comes up.

Industry knowledge and learning

Take time out to learn more about the industry you’re in or study further. Ask someone you know with experience to be your mentor and guide you. Become aware of your surroundings by reading the news everyday.

Attend industry events

Start your RSVP’s! Make an effort to go to events that are within your industry and start meeting new people. This is a perfect way to get your name and face out there and sell yourself.

Office etiquette

Research shows more and more people in the workplace are becoming lazy and abbreviating their emails to the likes of ‘ppl’, ‘bec’ and ‘tmw’. This is a big NO! Communication in and out of the office is highly important. Write in proper English please.

Get motivated

Exercise before you go to work and eat brain-boosting food. Set yourself some realistic career goals you want to achieve for the year and get the ball rolling!


  • Reply BellaB Saturday 11th May, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Always relevant.

  • Reply dj23249 Saturday 16th February, 2013 at 6:17 am

    I dont want to go back to work

  • Reply Tashie Wednesday 9th January, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Great tips 🙂

  • Reply yslyenom Tuesday 8th January, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    Some people are still on their holidays! Lucky them!

  • Reply ellenstewart Tuesday 8th January, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Some great reminders and tips!

  • hausoftina
    Reply hausoftina Tuesday 8th January, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    I’m still on holidays, but thanks for the tips!

  • DearMonet
    Reply DearMonet Tuesday 8th January, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Thanks for the tips!!!!….. Wish me luck!!! 🙂

  • Reply Whatthe Tuesday 8th January, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    not yet!

  • Reply chrystal Tuesday 8th January, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Good tips for anyone

  • Reply Amanda Tuesday 8th January, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Couldn’t agree more about email abbreviations, it drives me nuts!!!

  • judi1
    Reply judi1 Tuesday 8th January, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Very good tips.

  • Reply dj23249 Tuesday 8th January, 2013 at 6:09 am

    I dont ant to go back to work, 1 week to go and counting down

  • Reply yslyenom Monday 7th January, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    Helpful tips. I’m taking note of these.

  • Trish_D
    Reply Trish_D Monday 7th January, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    What a well written and timely blog. Well done.

  • sommy7
    Reply sommy7 Monday 7th January, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Wonderful and oh so true tips-Thank You

  • newbie
    Reply newbie Monday 7th January, 2013 at 7:21 pm


  • Reply T1NA Monday 7th January, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    had first day today, wish it was holidays already!

  • Reply foxoduck Monday 7th January, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Still on holidays 🙂

  • Reply BellaB Monday 7th January, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Useful tips.

  • Reply Jane Monday 7th January, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Back to work – boo hoo!

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