Tips For Standing Out At Your First Job

The 2011 National Association of Colleges and Employers Student Survey shows that less than half of graduates who applied for a job were hired. However, in a competitive job market, securing employment is only half the battle. As you start your career, know what businesses will expect of you so you can take steps to solidify your position as a dedicated employee.

Be Friendly
Arriving to work with an adverse demeanor or a reluctance to participate indubitably gives a bad impression.
• Come in with a resilient attitude. People will ascertain your confidence and want to work with you because they respect your dedication.
• Demonstrate to your superiors that you're eager to learn. Every assignment you take on is an educational experience, and employers want to know if you perceive this.
• Don't interrupt your coworkers' conversations, but be receptive when they reach out to you. Workplace camaraderie can expand your network and provide more resources later on.

Go Above And Beyond
Surpassing expectations underscores your work ethic and proves that you're invested in your role.
• Be self-sufficient, but ask for assistance when necessary. Exhaust other possibilities first before relying on one of your superiors.
• Indicate that you value your bosses' advice, which may encourage them to provide further support.
• Regularly exceed the minimum requirements, without being too grandiose.

Be Innovative
Your unique perspective can be a boon to your company.
• Take a fresh look at how your company works and think of practical ways to ameliorate operations.
• Leverage your talents and expertise to help the company, like offering a solution to a problem you have previous experience handling.
• Be a team player. Devise processes to support your colleagues and help your department increase in productivity and efficiency.

Promote Yourself
Don't boast about your achievements, but you can show that you're dedicated to your job in another manner.
• Be enthusiastic about everything you do. Illustrate that you're willing to work diligently and do whatever it takes to get the job done.
• Offer to take on new projects and work with colleagues you don't normally interact with to show that you're versatile.

You'll stand out in your first job if you follow these guidelines and justify why you were hired in the first place. 

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