Hold On to the Prize
Three cheers to you! You defied the naysayers, went on a million and one grueling interviews, bowed and scraped, smiled and smelled good. Maybe you even festooned your room and your car with lucky rabbits feet. And now, at last, you’ve landed the job of your dreams. OK, well perhaps you were forced into your second choice since Microsoft already has a CEO. Nevertheless, it’s a job! And you’re rearin’ to go, confident you’ve got nothing but a comfy desk chair and chunky salary ahead of you.
Friend, it’s time to step out of Fantasyland. You’ve haven’t even reached first base. Believe me, the real work is ahead of you. Because once you’re in the door, you, the new kid on the block, will have to prove yourself to the powers that be. Sure, they’ll be friendly. But behind every smile is a judgment of your capability and adaptability. If you fail this test, there’s no makeup exam. You’re back out the door.
Now don’t worry. The vast majority of first-timers do pass the test and stay put. That’s because they bring more than raw ability to the table. They bring a willingness to do the right things. With that in mind, here are some of the key do’s for anyone serious about keeping the prize they’ve so laboriously earned.
Timely Arrival. Employers will assume you can tell time. Therefore, it’s a real good idea to reach your place of employment when expected, especially on the first day. Even better is zooming into the work zone ten or fifteen minutes early. If you’re tardy, you better have a better excuse than “I had to reply to my thousand and one Facebook fans.”
Image is Everything. Look good, smell good — that’s credo of a new employee serious about job retention. If you look like you just went rock climbing in a windstorm, you’re probably not going to score a whole lot of points with your manager or cohorts. So invest in an iron, deodorant, soap, hairbrush, mirror, and all the other important gear of the well-groomed. Otherwise, you easily could become #1 on America’s most unwanted list.
Get an Atti-Tune Up. You’re still seething because the Lakers blew their thirty point lead. And you’re ready to bop the first person who even looks at you the wrong way. Absolutely keep personal thunderclouds like this out of the workplace! A big part of fitting into a new job is attitude. Believe me, black clouds eventually lead to pink slips.
Well there’s your quickie-course on the topic of job retention. If you want more info about keeping your first job or about careers in general, feel free to drop a question or two into the comment box. Or just reach out to the Career Connection team for answers to your questions or additional information relating to post-college success and career options for college students. You can connect with us at –
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