Jeanne Sahadi, CNNMoney senior writer, has written a pretty good article titled The Get Started Guide to Making it, which offers the following five tips for those just starting out in their careers:
Ask for help, then take charge
In other words, don’t mess something up because you are too scared to ask for help. But, try not to ask too many questions.
Know the boss
Who are you working for? I remember back in my grocery store days, I used to watch my manager and whatever he did, I did. So, if I saw him pick up trash, I picked up trash. I didn’t do it in a “brown nosing” sort of way. I did it, because I knew that was what was important to my boss. Picking up trash is a no-brainer, but I can tell you that MOST employees will walk past a piece of trash and not think twice about picking it up.
Cultivate good relationships
Relationships will be the key to success. I recommend EVERYONE read Harvey Mackay’s Dig Your Well Before You’re Thirsty. It’s not hard to think about other people. You just have to do it!
Don’t watch the clock
I HATE it when people have to leave right on time, no matter what they are in the middle of doing. Yes, I think companies should not get in the habit of making people work overtime all the time. However, if there is a project that MUST get done, then the person working on that project should stay to get it done. Oh, and if you ever have to stay late, DON’T COMPLAIN! Nobody wants to hear it.
But know when to go
Dont’ get stuck somewhere you don’t need to be.
My main advice is to TAKE the INITIATIVE! I thought the author’s advice was perfect when she said:
What is welcome, however, is the employee who is proactive about figuring out what needs to be done and then doing it. One of the biggest mistakes new recruits can make, said another manager, is to assume that when they have nothing to do that there is nothing to do.
I used to witness this all the time. When you are on the clock, if you are just standing around, then you are stealing. It’s that plain and simple.
Anyway, read the article. I’d like to hear any advice you have.