As a new addition to the workforce, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Rather than juggling classes, an internship, and a job to stay afloat, your obligations are now concentrated into a single role. Though unlike your college degree, professional employment is full of nuances to be aware of.
In line with our Recent College Grad New Hire series, we’ll be discussing tips for a stellar first working year out of college. Follow these steps to make an exceptional first impression, and visit this blog for the first entry in our Recent College Grad New Hire series.
3 Tips for Your First Year
Do Your Research
This should really be done prior to your first interview, though in general, it’s important to research your prospective workplace before jumping on board. Look at their LinkedIn page for a glimpse into their employee network and company size, Glassdoor, and other review sites to paint a picture of their work culture, and of course, their website. You can also get a feel for day-to-day responsibilities by reading your prospective employer’s job descriptions on Indeed.
This spills over once you’re actually employed as well, since you’ll need to get familiar with your industry if you hope to perform. Once settled in, do what you can to understand your company, their competitors, and where they fall in your broader industry. No matter your position, understanding these factors will give off a go-getter impression.
Keep Your Interest
Upon your first job out of college, it’s crucial to make a stellar first impression. While you can certainly do this by performing at a high level, showing your superiors that you’re interested is equally important. The best way to express your interest in your industry, company, and role is to exercise curiosity. In other words, ask questions. To make an even better impression, try listing out your questions in groups of five before actually asking them. This will save your supervisor time and give off an impression of organizational excellence.
Build Relationships with Your Coworkers
This is the best way to get comfortable from the get-go. If your boss or coworkers invite you to coffee or lunch, practice saying “yes.” Even if you’ve brought your own lunch, having a meal with your colleagues is an easy way to establish workplace friendships and learn about the people on your team. You could find yourself getting lunch regularly with one or more of your colleagues, which not only builds strong professional relationships, but gives you something to look forward to come lunch or break time.
During your first year of work, it’s especially important to get familiar with your company and build relationships with your surrounding colleagues. Set a firm tone for bigger and better career goals down the line by understanding what’s expected of you, being research-minded, remaining interested, and staying open to workplace friendships.
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