6 Things to Know When Looking for your First Job

Your First Job

Looking for your first job is stressful but there are a few things that you can do to minimize the sting of rejection and help make the move to the right job as quickly as possible....

How Social Media Might Affect Your First Job

Your First Job

These days, everyone has multiple social media accounts, like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn, just to name a few. The way you present yourself on these sites and the things that you post are a direct representation of your preferences and values. Social media is an extension of your personality, and anything publicly displayed has...

5 Things to know for your First Interview

Your First Job

Before you go in for that first interview, you should prepare yourself as best as possible to handle any and all questions to ensure a fair and successful review. Take the time to consider how best to represent yourself to potential employers with a few interview fundamentals, and get ready to impress a hiring manager!...

What to Wear to your First Interview

Your First Job

Stressing out about what to wear is not how you want to spend the night before that big interview. While what to wear is important, it is nothing to lose sleep over. If you take just a little time to put some thought into your interview wardrobe, you will find that staying classic while showing a little personal style is usually best when making...

5 Interview Questions you Should be Prepared for

Your First Job

It’s normal to feel nervous when preparing for a big job interview, especially after thinking about how to answer questions the “right” way to earn the position. However, an apprehensive demeanor could cloud your interview performance, and leave you without the job. Increase your odds of success while deflating pre-interview jitters by being well...

Full Time or Part Time?

Your First Job

If you are entering the job hunt and looking for a position to start your career, you need to figure out if you want to pursue a full time or part time job. Making this decision can be greatly affected by necessity; do you even have the luxury to work part time? Take a look at your specific circumstances and make the best choice for you based on...

Should You Work From Home?

Your First Job

Technological innovation has provided to many the opportunity to work from home, and it has become an increasingly normal employment arrangement these days. With the internet and the wide array of video conferencing capabilities, an effective meeting can be conducted equally from a comfortable living room or from a corporate building. However,...

What if you are Overqualified for a Position?

Your First Job

When you are just starting out in the workforce it can be difficult to make the commitment to that first job. We often have aspirations and ideas about our career that make it tough to take that first step. You don’t want to take a position that you are overqualified for and settle for less than you feel like you deserve, but you also don’t want...

When Should You Ask For A Raise?

Your First Job

It is difficult to figure out when you should ask for a raise. We all want to make more money, but you need to make sure that your timing is right and all of the pieces of the puzzle are in order so that you will have the best chances of getting what you want. Here are a few indications that the timing may be right for you to try and negotiate a...

How Do You Know You Are Making Enough?

Your First Job

It can sometimes be difficult to know if you are making enough money at your job, especially if it is your first one. If you are feeling like you should be making more money, there are a few things to consider before you start looking for a new job or seek out a raise....

Your First Job

That’s it, the hard part is over, right? You have landed your first job, and all those late nights cramming hard for finals have finally paid off. No more late night resume copying sessions and searching the internet for job prospects, the gig is yours. The new challenge comes in making sure that you are performing up to standard and that you get to keep that swanky new position. Here are some tips on how to be the new guy in the office and make the best of it in every situation.

If You’re not early, You’re Late

Maybe you have been lucky enough to be given this brilliant gem of advice before, but this particular tip is very important when it comes to work. If you are just starting out, you don’t have the luxury of years of experience to back you up, all anyone knows of you is what you are showing them on a daily basis. Showing up to work and meetings early shows that you are responsible, dependable, have good time management and value the time of others as much as your own, you show respect, and coming in late, even just a few days, shows your employers and coworkers just the opposite.

Show up With a Positive Helpful Attitude

If you can wake up and start your day thankful that you have a job, and that you are not one of the many people out there still looking, then you can come into the office with a fresh attitude and perspective each day. Attitude is everything. A good leader is someone that others WANT to follow and in many cases, attitude is everything. If you can approach your coworkers in a way where you work together and can offer one another help in areas where strengths may differ, then you will set yourself apart and show that you are a team player, and a trusted employee in the eyes of your peers. Taking each new task head on with tenacity and excitement will prove to your employers that you have the knowledge and bravery to dissect a project and the passion to get it done, what this will mean for you will be the trust and confidence of your employers.

Get to know Your Coworkers

If you take the opportunity at the water cooler,or break room, or especially at lunch, to get to know your coworkers, it will make your work days much more enjoyable, yes, but you will also be demonstrating your social skills and identifying yourself again as a valuable team player. Networking is a huge part of any career and it simply doesn’t happen when you are sitting alone in your cubicle. Getting to know the strengths and weaknesses of your colleagues can help you to better manage them in tasks later or to call upon them for support on tasks of your own

Ask Questions

This is your first job, this is not a secret to anyone. Do yourself a huge favor and do not pretend otherwise. Ask questions when you don’t know how to do something or would like to know a little more. Generally companies that hire entry level employees realize that they are taking on a teaching position as well, and the great thing about employees with a fresh perspective is that they don’t have a ton of bad habits already. Try not to guess at how something should be or why, ask and get it right from the start. Work smarter, not harder.

Set Limits

Unlike college, most of the time a great deal of your work will be ongoing and without a definite deadline. Sure there will be milestones to be reached, but there will always be more that needs to be done. Set limits for yourself so that you don’t burn out. New employees are great because they are filled with enthusiasm, but that passion and fire can dim quickly if it burns too hard too fast. Allow yourself to pace through tasks. Set goals for yourself and take breaks. Don’t work 15 hours a day and keep going well into the night not allowing yourself any down time. You can impress your employers just as well with proper time management as you would completing a task over night.