Tips to survive your first job – Part I

KatelynMorrisNow that you’ve mastered how to juggle up to six different classes, while maintaining a social life and getting enough rest, it’s time to start a new challenge: work.  For the past year you’ve been the top-dog, a senior in college, but be prepared to feel like a freshman again and start at the bottom. It’s important to know your place and work hard to adapt to your new environment.  Thorin Klosowski, writer for lifehacker.com, gives some advice for people who are starting new jobs:
Accept your newbie status and the work that comes with it

  • You’re most likely not going to be managing the department or figuring out the upcoming year’s advertising budget when you start your new job. What you can expect to do is the grunt work that people who have been there longer than you don’t want to spend their time doing.PhotoforMarch20Post
    • It’s part of being a newbie, so accept it and work hard like you’re doing something you love. Hard work does not go unnoticed and complaining about filing or making coffee will get you nowhere, so suck it up.
    • Remember, you won’t always be the new employee.

Stay organized and never miss a deadline

  • “Being on time, getting your work done, and keeping it all together is incredibly important at a new job,” Klosowski said.
  • An article by Margot Carmichael Lester on Monster.com, offers five ways to stay organized.
  1. Pay attention.  Refer to your planner or calendar to know what task you should be focusing on
  2. Keep track. Arrange your desk, shelves or files based on their deadline. Knowing what task is due and where it is helps you to avoid confusion
  3. Expand space. Clutter may lead to inefficient work spaces. Maximize your desk space. Lester recommends hanging pockets and folders to clear some space.
  4. Manage minutes. Every spare minute can be used to keep you organized. Don’t pile things up on your desk. If you take 30 seconds to put something back when you’re done with it, you will save yourself desk space and time at the end of the day when you want to get home.
  5. Triage Paper. Don’t keep every paper that crosses your path. Once you’re done with a document, throw it out or file it.
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