I remember landing my first full-time job fresh out of nursing school. I was bright-eyed, nervous and ready to finally start my profession! Sure, I had had a few (try a bunch!) of jobs throughout high-school and college but waitressing and having a career are little different! Getting up at 4:30am, packing my lunch, making the commute, learning to navigate downtown Chicago and working for a large employer were just a few things I had to navigate as a young professional. I like to think I did it with only a few hiccups along the way and became a pretty savvy (hard-working) professional.
After a few years and a job/relocation change later, I was reflecting on my first (big-girl!) job and thought of a few tips I could share with you on how to kick-butt at your first career! If you like this, see my other post about the 9 lessons I learned in my first year after college.
I’m sharing 5 tips for succeeding in your first Full-Time job and this super work appropriate, red dress (that is an amazing Fall color!).
5 Tips for Succeeding In Your First Full-Time Job
1. Work HARD
This should go without saying, but it is the most important tip. This is your first full-time job-show them what you’ve got! Work and work hard. Be ready to put in the work and the time. Show your employer you are committed-to the job, to the company, to your team or your unit. Whatever it is, your work ethic in the beginning is going to set the standard for how your employers views you-for your performance review, any promotions in the future and just overall as an employee.
2. Be On Time
Punctuality is something that is important to every company in every job field. No one likes (or tolerates) an employee that cannot show up on time. Punctuality shows your commitment and your prioritization. Now life happens, weather is unpredictable, accidents occur and kids get sick. Employers usually understand these life circumstances, however, if you make being late a habit-they are not always as forgiving. In fact, at almost every job I interviewed, they asked about my punctuality record and made it known to me (in the interview) that being on time was important to them! A late employee makes the department and company suffer.
Most employers have a warning system in place-late once, its a verbal warning, late again, a written and so on. Being late can actually get you fired if it happens often enough! So make being on time a priority, your top priority! Research traffic times, have a form of reliable transportation, and give yourself extra time (I give myself 30 minutes of extra travel time) to account for car accidents, construction (that time you want to stop at Starbucks) or anything else that can cause extra traffic.
3. Be A Student
The first year at your full-time job, you should think like a student! Be a sponge and absorb everything! You are learning new systems, new skills, names of co-workers, and where the break room is. Accept that, at times, it will be uncomfortable and you won’t know everything right away. Accept the fact that you are new and learning and take advantage-ask questions! Everyone will know you are just starting out and questions will be expected of you.
Tip: Employers actually love when you ask questions-they would rather you ask then pretend you know. Asking questions shows you are fully committed to learning the best way to practice your new job. As a nurse, we learn something new, every single shift. However, in all job fields-there is always something you can learn, practice or better yourself on. Take the initiative, ask questions and show your employer you are committed to developing your skills and being a great employee!
4. Be A Good Team Player
This is a skill that many employers are putting emphasis on when hiring new employees. I like to think of it as one of the flashy words you can highlight you do well on your resume. Right after critical thinking, being a good team player (and communicating efficiently!) is high on the must-have list to be a new employee. Almost every job application will mention something similar to this as an important skill the applicant must be able to do.
Being a good team player (or working well within a group) is a requirement of almost every job. Unless you have no interaction with other people in your job, you are most likely going to be working with others. Being able to communication with others, lend a helping hand and work within a group are essential to being a stellar new employee! Plus your boss will take notice when you work well with others.
Time management is going to be your best friend in this new journey. With work commitments, a new work schedule and your social/family life, your schedule is bulging a little more at the seams. Buy a functional planner, use iCalendar or develop a system to keep track of commitments. Keeping an organizational system will help with your punctuality (see tip #2!) and your life outside of work. Additionally, it will keep any work due dates at the front of your mind.
I put my entire life in my planner so I invest in an Erin Condren. I like the layout and the functionality (plus it’s pretty!). However, I have also used and loved Day Designer and this planner from Target!
Extra Tip: Have Fun!
This is such an exciting time of your life! You finally made it! You got the job you wanted, so enjoy it. Realize your blessings and be grateful for your new position. At the same time, have some fun. Get to know your co-workers, take part in the company Christmas party, or volunteer for that new project your boss is starting. Invest your time and yourself into your new job and you will reap the rewards-and feel the gratification in knowing you are doing a good job!
This dress is super functional and flattering! It’s a great deep red that is perfect for the Fall season. Add some nude heels like I did here or some brown knee-high boots.
This clutch is old but I linked a similar one!
Hope you enjoyed the post! Share some of your tips below!
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