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Starting Off On The Right Foot In Your New Job

Being new to the workforce can be an intensive experience. However, there are strategies that can help you rise above the bar, and excel in any industry. Hard word really does pay off.

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Starting Off On The Right Foot In Your New Job

  1. 1. Whether fresh out of college or if you have years of experience, the same unspoken rules and etiquette apply when starting a new job. Be sure to follow the right path and avoid the obvious missteps so you can flourish in your new role. Sources: National Association of Colleges and Employers | Economic Policy Institute Bureau of Labor Statistics, Adecco | Careerealism.com | Monster.com | Forbes STARTING OFF Starting off on the right foot is important at any job, in any industry. This is especially true for new college graduates. One or two missteps in the early days at a new company can end up shaping how you’re perceived by your peers, so it’s important to start smoothly. THE PLAYING FIELD WHAT NOT TO DO Getting a first “real” job post-graduation is hard enough. Once you do, it’s important to start off on the right foot. Here are 10 surefire tips to making sure that you do: According to new data from the NACE, Economic Policy Institute, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, times are only going to get tougher for new college grads: 2012’s college grad unemployment rate was 6.3% 2013 college grads will earn less over the next 10-15 years than pre-recession In 2013, businesses hired 2.1% more college graduates than in 2012, however it is a steep drop from 13.1% from 2011–2012. Right Foot 58% New survey data by recruitment firm Adecco found that: 66% of hiring managers believe new college graduates are widely unprepared 69% that actually are hiring said they plan to bring on only 1–2 candidates 58% were not planning to hire ANY entry level graduates this year on the Here we share some tips for what to do and what not to do when starting a new job. 3. Set Goals And Track Progress 5. Get Involved Push to be involved in company initiatives, and participate in any social activities. Care about what your company cares about. 6. Ask Questions Don’t be afraid to ask for clarification on anything that may yet be foreign to you. In Your New Job WILL WORK FOR ENTRY-LEVEL PAY 6.3% 2011 2012 2013 +13.1% +2.1% 69% HIRED 66% 1. Make Connections Get regular feedback from people you trust to provide you candid feedback on general and specific areas you can improve. 2. Ask for Feedback Build strong relationships that you foster over time. Grab a coffee or beer to connect and bond with colleagues. They will be more invested in your progress. Tracking progress is critical, especially in your first 90 days. Set goals with your boss and keep him/her in the loop on your progress. Always be in tune, and don't be afraid to voice your opinion. If your company doesn't have an enterprise social network (ESN), ask to start one as they are useful in having your voice heard 4. Speak up 7. Introduce Yourself In Your Company’s Enterprise Social Network HELLO MY NAME IS Be visible in your company’s ESN. Ask questions and provide answers. It will give you the opportunity to add value to the conversation and make new connections. 8. Be innovative Offer ideas for how to enhance a product, or how to improve a process you use in your job, just make sure you do it at the right time. 10. Learn The Industry9. Volunteer For High Profile Projects Be there to contribute, or to volunteer for a project when nobody else raises their hand. The bigger, the better. Do your research on your company and the competitors in your industry. Knowledge goes a long way. TEN TIPS FOR STARTING OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT Tardiness and inappropriate dress are obvious no-nos. Job sites, Monster and Careerealism, have some advice on a few not-so-obvious negative behaviors that you should avoid: 43 percent of managers hold spelling in high regard. 54 percent of managers failed to hire anyone in the last two years due to weak resumes, regardless of initial interview success. Skimp on Your Resume:Be Careless: 54% 43% Avoid Your Boss If you mess-up, make sure your boss knows first. Frequent contact and follow-up goes a long way. TRUST Expect Respect and Trust Respect needs to be earned and trust can only be gained through time and work quality. Compare Your Previous Company to Your Present VS. Disregard Existing Cultures and Dynamics If you have a better way of doing something, find the right forum to air your suggestions. Be Overly Eager and Impatient There's a fine line between initiative and being presumptuous when contributing. Use Technology Inappropriately Not everyone allows employees to IM, or use Facebook and Twitter on company time. It depends on the company culture. Learning the right things to do when starting a new job is always ideal. However, knowing what not to do is equally important: Failure to respect the culture and how things get done in a company is not ideal.