As we make our way into the work force, most of us start out in entry level positions, to get experience, and to feel out our chosen careers.
Here are 10 ways to make the best out of your first job!
1. Prove yourself
Don’t ever take a job for granted. Every day you must prove yourself.
2. Understand the company’s leadership
Try a little empathy, bravery, and curiosity, and awesome will happen.
3. Get to know your co-workers
A new job always provides ample opportunities to make connections. Don’t be afraid to walk up and introduce yourself. Invite your colleagues to lunch or coffee, get their take on the ins and outs of the city.
4. Express your ideas and generate your support
Identify the individual in the organization who you think will care about what it is that you are trying to do and be supportive of it. That person may or may not be in your department. It’s important to build energy and excitement around your idea and the more people you can get on board, the better.
5. Translate your successes to advance
Work hard! Your success in one position can translate into success into another.
6. Monitor your growth
Keep a ‘real time’ resume. Every week, write down a bullet point or a few bullet points of what you learned that week. Write it as if you are already done with the job and working on your resume.
7. Never stop learning
Always learn things on the side on your own to really set yourself apart
8. Share Your Knowledge
I have found that teaching a skill is a great way to stay fresh and further your mastery of it. Seek opportunities for passing on your knowledge—you, who you are teaching, and the organization you work for will all benefit!
9. Don’t let yourself get stuck
I’ve seen people with masters degrees get ‘pigeon holed’ in support roles. Over time, it might become extremely difficult for to gain the important skills and exposure you really need to move ahead and to brand yourself for bigger roles. Weigh all your options, and then just start!
10. Keep going, no matter what
There are going to be times when it is very, very hard. Keep pressing, keep pushing, keep trying. Don’t be deterred by those obstacles. Keep finding ways of pushing past them, without losing sight of why you’re doing what you’re doing, who your are as a person, or your passions. It’s going to all work out. It will be okay.
So go forth, and excel!
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