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12 things to do first few weeks on the job

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Congratulations to all the graduates who are ready to take the world by storm. You have dreams, you are ready to earn your first real pay cheque and make a splash in your new job. Starting a new job can be exciting and a little nerve-racking, all at the same time. During those first few weeks, it is really important to make a positive impression on your boss and co-workers. Here’s how you can do that.{{more}}

1. Attend orientation. It might seem boring, but this is where you will learn the basics about your company and other critical information that directly affects your employment.

2. Recognize you have no job description. Don’t expect to do only the things listed in your job description. If the request is not illegal or unsafe, get it done. Look at it as gaining new experience.

3. Ask lots of questions. You are still learning and no one expects you to know everything.

4. Set goals with your supervisor. Talk with your supervisor about what he/she expects and map out the projects and goals for your first few weeks or months.

5. Listen. You will learn so much more if you listen and learn.

6. Talk with your boss. This is not the time to be timid. Keep your boss up to date.

7. Keep a record. You should be tracking all your accomplishments, projects completed, etc. Your boss may not remember all you do, but you need to be aware of what you are learning for future reference.

8. Show up. This is the time to come in early and stay late. Build a good reputation for being respectful of time and resist the urge to leave work early.

9. Stay clear of gossip. It’s easy to get sucked into company gossip. Avoid it.

10. Separate personal and professional business. Do not bring family or personal relationship drama to your job.

11. Have a great attitude. No one wants to work with a complainer. Be willing to help; smile and speak to as many people as you can.

12. Find a mentor and network. The first few weeks are the best time to meet new people and find a mentor.

Excerpt from the book, “A Young Adult’s Guide to the Global Workplace” by Karen Hinds www.workplacesuccess.com

Karen Hinds is “The Workplace Success Expert.” For a FREE SPECIAL REPORT on Avoiding Career Killers in the Workplace, send an email to info@workplacesuccess.com

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