I’m a big fan of the show Suits. If you haven’t seen it, it takes place in a New York (but shot in Toronto, you’ll have fun pointing out all the places you recognize) law firm following the suave, fast talking Harvey Specter who hires a young genius Mike Ross to be his new associate…the only problem? Mike never went to law school.
It doesn’t matter if you are a fan of legal dramas, you will quickly pick up what makes a successful professional and what traits to adopt in your own workplace from watching this show. Below are my top 5 career tips I gained from the show Suits.
1. Dress For Success
Shockingly, our first lesson from the show ‘Suits’ is to make sure you look the part. Media and broadcasting can be more of a casual business, but don’t let that fool you into thinking a hat and hoodie should be a part of your wardrobe. One of the first tasks that Harvey bestows upon Mike is to get a new suit. Mike was a bit confused as to why the brand or look of his suit mattered so much. The way you appear to the world says a lot about you. Whenever you go out and see the world, it sees you right back. Rightly or wrongly, you appearance will help you in your career. There are worst things in life than being known as the nice dresser.
2. Network Within
Networking is helpful when trying to land a gig, but it can be even more important within your own office. Having someone you can go to for help or advice is crucial in being successful. The obvious pair is Harvey and Mike, but I think Rachel and Donna is a great example of how if you have the right ally at work, it will help you in the long run. This person might not be in your department or work directly with you, but sometimes having someone who knows the insides and out of the building your work in or how all the office politics play out comes in extremely handy.
3. Be Irreplaceable
I talked about this in an entire article (you can read that here) but look no further than Harvey Specter. This guy gets the job done and can do or say pretty much whatever he wants because people know that when he makes a promise, he will deliver. While you are not advised to be exactly like Harvey (in real life, he would probably be in trouble a lot sooner), you should definitely strive to be as successful as you can be. Be confident in your ability and be loyal to those who helped you get to where you are today.
4. Love What You Do
It’s hard to find someone who loves what they do more than Louis Litt. This guy lives and breathes the firm he works at and takes great pride in his job and his results. If you are truly passionate about something, it shows in your work. Be the person who doesn’t complain when they have to work late or come in on a day off. Success will follow your passion and hard work. When someone needs something done fast and done right? Who do they come to….Louis. You want to be that person in your workplace. Plus, when you really love the work, a lot of times, it doesn’t even feel like work to begin with.
5. Find a Mentor
If you really want to have career success, you will need some help finding the right path. Harvey and Mike are a great example of a pair who really learn from each other. As a mentee, you want to be open and obtain as much knowledge as you can from your mentor. Finding someone you can trust to seek advice on sensitive career matters will help you in the long run. Being able to look to someone who has been there before is not to be overlooked in this business. Having an experienced ally who can help you with references should you need them is another thing that can be vital in an ever shrinking media environment where personal recommendations can be the tipping point in landing a promotion or your new dream job.
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