Starting First Jobs

Source: Fast Company, May 2017

BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS TAKES WORK

ASKING QUESTIONS IS NOT A SIGN OF WEAKNESS

often the smartest move you can make in a new job is to ask a question. After all, there are only two options when faced with a situation that overwhelms or confuses you, as Huhman points out: “Pretend like you know what you’re doing and hope you don’t mess up—although, chances are you will,” she says, “or ask questions and get clarifications. The second option means admitting your limitations, but it provides you the chance to learn and avoid costly mistakes.”

THE LEARNING ISN’T OVER

“Each company has their own way of doing things, so be prepared to adapt to new processes and ways of working through problems.”

TIMING IS OUT OF YOUR CONTROL

“No matter how quickly you complete your tasks, there will be delays that are beyond your control.” The fact that your time—when you’re on the clock—is out of your control can be frustrating, “but understand that all you can do is try your hardest to meet your own deadlines.”

YOU WON’T BE GETTING A “REPORT CARD”

unless you specifically ask, your boss may not be as forthright with feedback as your professors were with your test scores

if you do find an employer who regularly sits down with you to discuss progress, count yourself lucky. It could take months, or even a year, before you receive input or recognition from your boss.”

PROFESSIONALISM IS EVERYTHING

 

 

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