Once you've found a job, you'll want to do everything possible
to be successful in the workplace. While a number of factors can affect whether
or not you'll be successful, increase your chances by following these basic
1. Do your job.
To ensure you're doing your job, make sure you understand all the duties assigned to you. Upon beginning your job, your employer should provide you with a list of job duties and on-the-job training. Ask questions, and find the most efficient ways to perform your job. When you make a mistake, learn from it rather than repeat it. Refer to your
list of job duties from time to time to stay focused. If you take pride in what
you do, you'll make yourself - and your employer - happy.
2. Follow the rules.
Read and understand your employer's policies and procedures manual. It's your duty to learn and follow your employer's rules and regulations. Refer to it when you have questions. If you can't find an answer, ask your supervisor. You'll decrease your chances of careless mistakes.
3. Be courteous.
A self-confident attitude, a smile, and a friendly word go a long way towards establishing strong working relationships with your supervisor, coworkers, and customers. Make an effort to be friendly, but realize you are there to work and not to socialize. A sense of humor is usually appreciated, but always maintain a professional attitude.
4. Be a team player.
In a team atmosphere, be an active listener. Your supervisor and coworkers will feel you value their opinion. However, don't be afraid to share your knowledge, expertise, and enthusiasm. Employers want employees who take initiative, follow instructions, respond well to constructive criticism, and cooperate. Make it a point to attend meetings and company-sponsored social events.
5. Find a mentor.
Find an experienced coworker who can serve as your mentor. Mentors help nurture your career--they may give advice, make suggestions, increase your access to senior management, and are often good listeners. To find a mentor, first identify your weak areas. Then, identify individuals who are strong in those areas, those whose careers you admire, and those who have access to senior management. Begin by being friendly, ask advice from time to time, and slowly build your relationship. If you have trouble finding a mentor, consider joining a professional organization.
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