Erika Mendez has been an integral part of Pyramid Consulting Group’s tremendous growth for the last 8 years growing the team of amazing recruiters and account directors. She has been a huge part of creating an environment where careers grow right along with the company.
We sat down this week with her to ask about her best career advice that has not only helped her succeed at work but also achieve personal goals every day.
How do you manage to stay motivated on a daily basis?
EM: It starts in the morning. You have a decision in the morning to hit the snooze button, which is very tempting, or to get up in that moment. I try to get up at that moment. I always regret hitting the snooze button and then feel rushed. The morning sets the tone for the rest of the day. Beyond that, I think it is gratitude. I try to take a moment every day to appreciate something. It sets the mindset for the day versus thinking “this is going to be such a stressful day”. It imprints positivity on your day before the day has even started.
In your opinion, what is the best way to handle a failure or downfall in a career?
EM: The first thing is not to knock over your glass, but to keep your glass half full. I think there is a bright side to every event, but sometimes you can’t see it in that moment. Sometimes with your failures, or as I like to call them “opportunities,” you learn more about yourself and what you’re great at which allows you to find an opportunity to make yourself better.
What do you think is the most valuable skill an employee can have?
EM: It’s attributes. I’m big on ‘the person behind the paperwork.’ You can’t teach attitude. You can’t teach positivity. You can’t teach outlook. Those things are invaluable to a team. I think too many times we look at just the job requirements and forget that a lot of those things on the job requirements list can be taught. What can’t be taught is the desire to learn.
From your perspective, how can an employee gain the attention of an executive level supervisor?
EM: Sometimes it’s hard because it is easy to see how busy a senior level executive is and employees feel like they don’t want to interrupt them. It’s not an interruption though. I love when someone shoots me an email and says “I have a few ideas, I’d love to gain some exposure, or I’d like to take on some extra responsibility.” Those are all buzzwords that any executive loves to hear. At the end of the day, we want to grow people and give them opportunities. It’s initiative. Show them the initiative; you might be surprised at the results.