As you begin your career, you’re probably aware of how important it is to start off on the right foot. Here are some ways you can make sure your first job after college is a success.
To be successful at a job, you have to know what that job entails. Your supervisor should be able to fill you in on what your responsibilities are. You can ask your new colleagues for ways to meet or even surpass those expectations. Once you know what you’re expected to accomplish, keep your boss in the loop about the progress you’ve made.
Show Up and Do the Work
Get people used to seeing you around the office. Sending some of your work-related emails near the start or end of the work day, for example, lets people know you’re at your desk and hard at work. Try not to be the last one to arrive in the morning or the first one to leave at night. Don’t miss work unless you absolutely have to. When it’s unavoidable, see if you can work from home or put in overtime when you’re able to return.
Make Good Connections
Make it your mission to be a friendly and helpful person at work. Try to meet as many of your co-workers as you can. Beyond just introducing yourself, find out what their department does and what their role in it is. Keep your associations positive. When you encounter people who tend to complain or slack off, avoid them. Don’t spread gossip or get into the habit of griping yourself.
Work Well with Others
Treat other people well, even those below you. It’s great to highlight your own accomplishments when appropriate, but give credit to others when it’s due. If you have the time as well as the know-how, offer to help others with their projects. Be sure to check with your supervisor first, though, to make sure there’s nothing else he or she would rather you work on.
If you want to advance on your chosen career path, you need to keep improving your skills. Make it a habit to ask for feedback once in a while. When you receive constructive criticism, respond positively and do your best to incorporate it into your work.
Remember, the work ethic and attitude you display in this job can pave the way for future opportunities. Make the most of it!