Some career advice you may have heard is, “dress professionally, be willing and able, have open communication with your supervisor, and follow up”. This is all great advice, but some of the best career advice might be a little unusual. I have created a list of some career tips to help you along the way as you start your journey into your first career.
Be friendly: Being nice and friendly gives a positive vibe with your coworkers and clients/customers/students you are working with. Being rude and having an attitude can make people not want to work with you in the future.
Give a compliment: If someone has done something well, make sure you let them know. A card or piece of candy can go a long way.
Don’t forget to be social: You may think declining that after work drink with a new colleague isn’t effecting anything, but it could be giving you negative attention and could quietly effect your career. Building personal relationships at work in social settings can create better relationships in the work place.
Stop complaining: Even if you go into work having a bad morning, don’t bring it into the work place. Stop complaining and focus on work. Complaining can bring a negative environment to the work space that doesn’t need to be there. Your complaining could affect others so just stop. No one wants to hear a broken record.
Say “good morning” and “good night” everyday: It can be very easy to rush into your office while ignoring everyone especially at 8 am. Saying good morning and good night is a polite and friendly sign of respect for your coworker.
Say thank you: When someone does a favor for you, it’s easy to say thank you and show your appreciation. A small act can go a long way.
Bring a positive attitude: Being good at what you do is not always everything, having a positive attitude will bring you happiness and success
Be yourself: If you are nervous about going into your first day of work, make sure to be honest and genuine and of course, be yourself. They hired you for a reason, don’t feel pressured to be something you are not.
Make no enemies: You’re never going to like every person you work with but the important thing is that you accept this fact and be cordial. You never want to make an enemy because you never know who they could talk to.
Listen more than talk: In your first career, you are going to learn a lot it’s important for you to listen closely and observe your new environment slowly. Take the time to fully understand and learn your new work place.
Come in early, and leave late: Showing up before anyone else and leaving a little later than 5pm can show your excitement for the position and your commitment to your work.
Remember the little things do matter especially as a new employee. Make the best first impression you can make