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Surviving Your First Job!

Updated on April 30, 2013

How To Survive Your First Job

You have graduated from technical school, college, and/or graduate school and landed your first job. For some, the first job is a dream and for others the first job is a nightmare. Here are some tips to survive and thrive on both. The first job is usually the testing ground. How a person does on his/her first job usually paves or deters the ways to success.

If your first job is a dream, here is a way to build your way to success. First, master the essentials of your job specifications. Do your job well and present a professional and competent image to your superiors. In addition to this, be punctual and dress professionally. Furthermore, show your enthusiasm for your job by arriving early and leaving later than your boss. Once you master the essentials of your job specifications, go the extra mile and volunteer for more challenging assignments. This will make you look positive to your superiors and will guarantee your job and pave the way for future promotions.

It is important to know another thing- having a cordial working relationship with your superiors and peers. Having a good, cordial working relationship with your superiors and peers is an important part of keeping your job and paving your way to future promotions. It is a part of life but each organization has its own type of office environment. Navigating this will be one of the most instrumental parts of your career success. New employees who have a difficult relationship with their bosses and/or peers usually have a hard time remaining on their jobs or getting future promotions. A lot of times, these employees usually are terminated during and shortly after their probationary period especially in states that have an "at will" employment policy.

Now for those who find their first jobs less than ideal. Since this is a depression and jobs are not so plentiful, some people have to take first jobs that they are overqualified for and dislike. This is the time to "act". Act professionally, do your job well and interface well with your superiors and peers. If you dislike your first job, remain on the job at the most for six months to gather enough experience to look for a job you either like and/or fulfill your educational qualifications. Furthermore if you are at your first job for more than three months, you can ask for a transfer into another department where there is perhaps a new job more to your liking.

If you have a first job that you do not like, do not act haphazardly on the job by arriving late, dressing unprofessionally, and doing your work poorly. This will severely hurt your future job references as prospective employers will look at your job history. Also if you are terminated for poor job performance, it will take you longer to obtain another job. Surviving your first job is dependent on your smarts, initiative, and attitude. You may or may not like your first job but that job is instrumental in any future career endeavors you undertake.

© 2010 Grace Marguerite Williams


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      AJHargrove 7 years ago from USA

      I'd like to see you do a hub on actually getting a job. That might be interesting.