Office Hero: How to Become the Go-To Gal (or Guy)
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

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Who doesn’t love to be respected and popular? It’s not about brown-nosing or being a know-it-all. It’s about positioning yourself as someone people can trust and count on. The go-to professional is exceptional, knowledgeable and an awesome problem-solver, all indispensable qualities that add value to a company.

Brazen Careerist details tips on how you can become the professional your company can’t— and won’t— do without:

Keep calm and carry on. Deadline will blow up. Big deals will suddenly crumble. That’s the nature of working anywhere; sometimes sh** happens. But while everyone else is panicking and pointing fingers, a Go-To gets down to work to see what he can do to damage control.

Be cool. Be collected. Be a rock that others can depend on. The next time a critical project comes up that needs extra-special care, guess who the boss is going to think of first for the job?

Go above and beyond. If your report is due on Monday, turn it in on Friday (with a few extra stats thrown in that you weren’t required to include, but that you thought the company would find helpful). If you’re filing and you notice the system’s a little hard to navigate, propose a better way to organize it. Heck, if the coffee pot is out of water and that’s technically “the receptionist’s job,” refill it yourself–then wipe up the spills around it.

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.