Elite Daily's Don't Mess This Up series ensures you, well, don't. From career advice to how to make friends at work, we've got the secrets to making the best of #officelife.

This Woman Names OPI Nail Polishes For A Living & I've Never Been More Jealous

When you declare your college major, there's no box you can check to become a professional cat cuddler, ice cream taste tester, or cat video maker. Heck, you probably never even believed those kinds of careers could exist — but they do. In Elite Dail…
By Amanda Fama

Millennials Shared The Best Advice They Received From A Boss & I'm Inspired

Fully entering the working world after finishing school is frightening because of the unknown. The first time you feel truly clueless in the workplace can be terrifying, and it makes sense to turn to your boss when you have a work question. When you …
By Collette Reitz

Negotiating Your First Salary Seems Scary, But It Doesn't Have To Be

"When I got my first job, I was so over the moon that I honestly didn't even care what the offer was or what it included — I just wanted to work," Kylie, age 29, tells Elite Daily. Most people know they should ask their employers for more money, but …
By Hannah Golden

7 Women Reveal What They Did To Make Friends With Their Coworkers

Making friends as an adult in any environment can be a pretty intimidating experience. It's not like grade school where you seriously bond over sharing your Fruit Roll-Up at snack time, and boom, you're instantly the best of friends. In your workplac…
By Jasmine Vaughn-Hall

Here's How To Save Your Grace & Dignity After This Classic Office Mistake

If you're just starting out or will start your first real-life adult job soon, chances are you're pretty nervous. You might be afraid of messing up at work — and I hope I'm not terrifying you by saying that, yes, inevitably you will. One of the most …
By Bernadette Deron

Here's How You Should Act During Your First Assistant Job, According To A Boss

It's more than likely one of your first jobs after graduation will be some sort of assistant to an individual more experienced in your field. In order to truly make the most of your position, it's important to know what your boss is looking for in th…
By Collette Reitz

This Is What Actually Makes A Resume Stand Out To Hiring Managers

Generally speaking, it’s easy to stand out. Some people wear loud colors or raise their voice when they want to be noticed. Others — by flashing a smile with a bit of food in their teeth or tracking toilet paper around the office — stand out despite …
By Nick Ciccone

8 People Reveal The Clothes They Bought For Their First Job & It's Time To Go Shopping

I can remember the exact phone call between me and the HR rep of my first big-girl job when she offered me the position. I’d be serving as a beauty editor in the big city, with a corner office and corporate business card to boot. I had the drive, the…
By Julia Guerra

7 Women Reveal What They Did To Find The Work Wife They Can't Live Without

We all need a best friend, even when we're at work. The real world can be intimidating at times, and it's always nice to know you have a sidekick who will help you handle it all. This is the person who will grab you your favorite coffee in the aftern…
By Marisa Casciano

13 People Reveal How They Jump-Start Their Day Before Work & I'm Ready For Adulthood

Post-grad life can be a little terrifying to navigate, but when you score your very first "real person" job after college, it's the best feeling ever. All of those late-night studying sessions and double espressos to the face finally paid off. Howeve…
By Georgina Berbari

Spending Your First Paycheck On These 5 Things Will Make The Hard Work Pay Off

"Adulting" can be anything but glamorous, but one of the single most exciting parts of getting your first job is the feeling of receiving your first paycheck. Whether it goes into your savings account for safekeeping or straight towards your rent, th…
By Lizzy Rosenberg

7 Women Shared What They Wore To Their First Job, Because Impressions Matter

Wondering what to wear to work can be a pretty stressful situation, especially in the business world, where there are only a few kinds of acceptable attire. But the outfit you wear on the very first day of work might be one of the hardest decisions y…
By Chelsea Stewart

Avoiding These Embarrassing Moments At Your First Office Party Should Be Top Priority

The "real world" awaits you after graduation, and no matter how much the real world is maligned, there are undoubtedly fun times that come with it. There's your first real paycheck — which is especially fun to get during your student loan grace perio…
By Joseph Milord