Pay attention to the company culture
- It’s important to interact with other employees and make an effort to be a part of the office culture.
- Meeting as many people around the office not only looks good to your superiors, but every person has the potential to teach you something valuable.
- Learning as much about the company as you can will help you understand what will be expected of you, which could help you advance your career down the road.
- Don’t think you need to know how to do everything in your new job because you’ll most likely need to learn new things.
- When you don’t know how to do something, ask questions. It’s better that you learn the right way the first time.
- “Be sure you actively listen to the answers,” says writer Thorin Klosowski, “and ask follow-up questions so you avoid miscommunication.”
- When you do make a mistake, which will most likely happen, ask what you should’ve done and learn from it.
Watch for burnout (and deal with it the right way)
- It’s natural to want to work hard when you get your first job, but remember to take a break. Long-hours and little sleep can inhibit your productivity. Don’t be afraid to take a personal day if you’re feeling overly exhausted.
- Short breaks during the day to rest your mind can help you get through the long hours.
- Don’t go into work sick just because you think that you’ll look bad. It’s more important to get healthy, than sick with decreased productivity. Plus, no one else wants to get sick.