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5 Tips for the New Grad in a New Job

Wednesday July 9th, 2008 by fathersez

You finished college and are feeling invincible.  This feeling is going to go away when you enter the work force and are working for a boss and rely on co-workers just as they’ll rely on you.  It’s not easy just starting out and getting your feet wet.  Chances are you’re idealistic job is not out there immediately for you and you’re going to start out in an entry position.  There’s no shame in this, but you need to know you’re not alone and can lean on many people around you for help.  Here are a few tips for you to consider when you get that uneasy feeling during the first week, but probably on that first day: 

i) Ask questions. 

First and foremost, you can’t be afraid to ask questions.  If, at any time, you need clarification on any issues or are unsure about what is expected, be sure to ask questions of your superiors.  Remember what your teachers used to say?  There are no dumb questions.  This rings true in the work place as well.

ii) Be early all the time. 

It’s your first job and you are looking to make a good impression at all turns.  Arriving for work early is the easiest way to show your enthusiasm and eagerness for the job.

iii) Ask for more responsibilities when you’re ready. 

Obviously, if your boss asks you to do something then you have to step up to the plate.  However, when you feel like you’re ready to take on more responsibility then you should seek the heavier workload.  This will impress your bosses by showing you are someone who relishes the spotlight.

iv) Avoid petty work spats. 

You’re young and fresh out of college where you made tons of friends.  When you’re at work you need to realize it’s a different animal then the quad at college.  It’s important you make solid work relationships, but stay away from the subculture in the workplace that’s rife with gossip and vague friendships.  It’s easy to fall into this trap, but it’s not worth dredging your name in the mud.

v) Do your homework. 

Just because you’re not in school anymore doesn’t mean that you don’t have homework anymore.  Don’t be one of the guys that go to the bar with all the co-workers right after quitting time.  When you are just starting out, you want to make sure that you’re arriving at work with a clear head with more knowledge than when you left the night before.


This post was contributed by Heather Johnson, who writes on the subject of Chase Rewards. She invites your feedback at heatherjohnson2323 at gmail dot com. 

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