Edi­tor’s Let­ter

Cosmopolitan (India) - - CONTENTS - Nan­dini Bhalla, Edi­tor nan­dini.bhalla@in­to­day.com

One of my favourite sto­ries in this is­sue of Cosmo is 7 Ques­tions You Should Ask At Work (page 136). And it’s a favourite be­cause I wish I’d read it many years ago. When I first started work­ing (as an in­tern at Cosmo, ac­tu­ally), I didn’t have the courage to ask my boss any­thing. I was wor­ried she’d think I was too plucky, too cu­ri­ous, or worse, too stupid. And what a mis­take that was, be­cause ask­ing ques­tions is so crit­i­cal to suc­cess—it helps you un­der­stand what’s go­ing on in your boss’ head, tells you ex­actly what you need to do to win marks, and gives her an idea of who you are. So in ad­di­tion to our highly-rec­om­mended Ca­reer story, I’d like to of­fer up my own list of backed-by-ex­pe­ri­ence ques­tions you re­ally should ask at work...

1. “WHAT MORE CAN I DO?”: Most em­ploy­ees sim­ply want to tick off their to-do lists and get out of the of­fice. So imag­ine how sur­prised (and grate­ful) a boss would be when some­one of­fers to do more than is re­quired. En­thu­si­asm and ini­tia­tive are two of the most im­por­tant traits em­ploy­ers look for, and ask­ing for more work shows the will­ing­ness to grow.

2. “WHAT ARE YOUR TOP GOALS?”: You may think your boss cares deeply about creative con­tent, but sales fig­ures may be the only thing on her mind right now. By ask­ing her to spell out her needs and pri­or­i­ties, you can make

them your fo­cus, too.

3. “WHAT SHOULD I DO TO GET THAT PRO­MO­TION/AS­SIGN­MENT?”: The an­swer to this ques­tion is like a per­sonal road-map for suc­cess, plus ask­ing for di­rec­tion sub­tly tells your boss about your am­bi­tions so she can keep you in mind when an op­por­tu­nity comes up.

4. “HOW ARE YOU?”: Sur­prise...your boss isn’t re­ally a mon­ster, she’s hu­man! Which means she has her own share of rough days or the need to talk to peo­ple. Be­ing over-friendly with a su­pe­rior is not an op­tion, but be­ing friendly should be one.

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