4 Things to Know Before You Start Your First Job

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Be Ready to Learn
The beauty of beginning a new job is that you will be diving into a whole new world of knowledge. Always learn from your experiences – everyone makes mistakes, but try to evolve and improve from each one! It’s also super helpful to find a “mentor” at your new job. This doesn’t have to be someone that you constantly shadow, but it is always nice to have someone to bounce ideas off of or help with situations that they have been through before.

Be Confident
I’m a firm believer in the phrase “fake it ‘til you make it.” When starting your first job, remember that you were hired because the company believes in you. Although some of your new responsibilities may be a bit intimidating, be confident and do your best. This quality truly helps you shine in any circumstance.

Go the Extra Mile
This one should come as no surprise. When you start your first job, be ready to prove yourself. Whether this means staying a few extra hours to get the work done or going out to network with people in your industry, going the extra mile will help prepare you not only for the next level in your job, but it will also show management that you can take on whatever is thrown at you.

Check Your Expectations at the Door
I think that many see their first job as their “dream job,” thinking that they will constantly work on exciting projects and have great success. The reality is that every job requires hard work and the willingness to start at the bottom. Whether you are making non-stop calls or updating spreadsheets, view each task as another step that can help you reach the next level.

What do you wish you knew before joining the workforce?

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