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5 Simple Ways to Crush It at Your First Job

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Congrats on your new job.

Your first job is exciting but can be a little daunting. It’s a chance to learn more about yourself, and your abilities working under pressure. It also gives you the opportunity to learn what you are good at and vice versa.

While you might have worked part-time as a student, this is a different kettle of fish. You want to excel as much as possible at your first adventure into the real world.

Here are five simple ways to crush it and prove all the to those who doubted you that they were wrong.

1. Always be Punctual

Punctuality will quickly set you apart from the others if you are a newbie. And we don’t just mean arriving to work on time. You also have to be in time for any meetings you are part of, or notify your manager if you think you’ll be late because of one reason or the other.

Another area to watch out for is being aware of any deadlines you have. You must learn the art of managing your workload to ensure you meet your deadlines. The ability to manage your time properly will exponentially boost your climb up the career ladder.

2. Dress the Part

First impressions matter. You don’t only need to talk the talk and walk the walk, if you don’t dress correctly you might not make the right impression on your colleagues or boss. Most companies have a dress code, and it would do you well to adhere to that.

You can also model your dress style to fit with the career path you are on.

Follow the rules and dress appropriately so you don’t get into trouble. Not following the rules you might earn an unpleasant trip to the boss’s office. You really don’t want that, especially during the early days. To reduce the chance of that, you can explore some great options for professional corporate wear at places like Bladon WA.

3. Be Reliable

Your team mates and line manager need to be able to depend on you. Being reliable means you are trusted by colleagues and clients as someone who is consistent with their work. Gain a reputation for being someone who does what they said they’ll do and do it well.

Working hard at being on top of your work and trust worthy will take not only help you in the short term but will set you up for potential promotions and future challenges.

4. Ask Questions

You don’t know everything. If you aren’t sure of something, ask questions. No one expects a fresh -out-of -school newbie like you to have all the answers. In fact you’ll get positive marks for a possessing a curious mind, and a hunger to learn.

The fastest way to learn is to ask questions. So fire away.

5. Be Respectful

Treating your fellow employees with respect is not only a sign of maturity, but also the attitude of a good professional. It is even more important that you remain respectful in situations where you do not agree with clients or colleagues.

Avoid being rude to your colleagues, belittling their intelligence or gossiping about them. You should also respect the company policies.

The Bottom Line

Getting a job is the first step. Excelling at it and keeping it is the next step. It is easy to get carried away with the euphoria of your first job, but you need to double down and work hard. These tips will not only get you off on the right footing, but they will also ensure you are miles ahead of your peers.

Congrats once more, and best of luck.

 

About the author /


Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

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