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Tips to Start Your First Job



Let’s be real. Starting your first job can be highly daunting. Even if you had done internships in various places, you will realize the difference yourself in knowing that you are now expected in the office every day for quite a long time. Gone are the days you can just get up from bed and take your classes in whatever clothes you can find and staying up late to finish your assignments. It is the real world now that faces you.

Difficult and challenging it may appear to be, there are certain tips you do need to consider that will not be useful in impressing others but will also teach you how to carry yourself in other jobs too.

1.       Appearance:
Appearances matter a lot. Always try to dress appropriately for the job. Generally, people assume that to dress professionally means to wear a suit. While this might be true in most places, it really depends on the type of job or industry. It is a good idea to ask others what they usually wear before your first day. For example, you wouldn’t want to wear a suit yourself if everyone in the office are wearing jeans.

2.       Relax:
Obvious enough. If you are showing signs of nervousness and apprehension, you may not be taken seriously. Know your nervous habits and try to control them as much as possible. If you are rambling when you get nervous, try to restrict it.

3.       Separation of church and state:
Yes, you have to follow that rule here. Your personal life shouldn’t interrupt your professional one. You need to make a clear distinction between the two. Avoid making personal calls, emails etc when you are on duty. Show it to your superiors that you are committed and dedicated to the job. Even if you are free, you can always offer to help another person who might be overburdened. You will not only impress everyone but your engrossment in your duties will make seem time fly by.

4.       Confidence:
There is a fine line between confidence and narcissism and often people cross it. It may sound clichéd but believe in yourself and your abilities. Show your colleagues that you deserve to be there. One sure-fire way to display confidence is to invite your colleagues for lunch. It will show that you aren’t the typical quiet “new guy”.

5.       Innovation:
Always prove to your boss that you are an asset to him. You always bring something new to him. If your position demands it, offer your ideas to your boss on improving a product or the company. You might be wanting to remain in the background for the first few days as a new employee but if you really want to make a good impression, go to the front. You can volunteer for a project that nobody wants to do, or even share your own ideas.

6.       Communicate:
Always stay updated. Don’t hesitate to ask questions or clear up any problems. Check in with your boss periodically. You can also perform self evaluations with your boss on how well you are doing and you can work on it too. The key here is to communicate with others. Don’t be the quiet guy if you can help it. It will really boost up your image if you let people know that you are open for communication.

7.       Challenge yourself:
Set goals for yourself. Obviously when you gave your interview, you must have researched for the company. But it doesn’t mean you will adapt to the new environment based on that research. To really get in the mind-set of the company, look at old projects of the company. Observe your colleagues, analyse the work environment. Look at the office protocol. Once you feel like you have got a grasp on how things work in the company, adapt to those changes and keep setting goals that you can accomplish.

8.       Highlight your achievements:
If you want people to take notice of you, you must make your accomplishments visible. We mentioned above on keeping a difference between confidence and narcissism. So how will you highlight your achievements without sounding like you are showing off? The key is enthusiasm. If you emphasize your passion when describing an achievement, people will think you’re just excited about it. An excited person appears earnest, and it’s hard to be critical of someone who’s earnest.


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