If you are graduating soon, you surely have been exposed to the Dr. Seuss book, “Oh, The Places You Will Go” on more than one occasion. Dr. Seuss is very eloquent in listing all of the places you will travel, but his main message is that you are quickly going to be on your own. Graduation is an exciting time whether you are graduating from high school or college; however, once the caps are tossed and gowns are returned, reality dictates that you are now going to be entering the job market. This will be the part of the story where you really decide where you are going.
There are many ways to win after graduation and some simple steps to ensure that you are successful in your new job. Take heart because you could not be getting out of school at a better time. The current job market is very favorable for the job seeker. Also, don’t be worried that you lack experience, many employers are more than willing to train. With the right attitude and these three “R’’s, you will be guaranteed for success.
The most important “R” is Responsibility. You may have hit the snooze button multiple times before going to class, but in the real-world, punctuality is a must. Make sure that you set every alarm you have until you master getting to places on time. Your new employer is not going to understand that you had an all-night Call of Duty game to play or were binging Netflix. Employers want you to show up on time with your game face on and ready to own the challenges of the day. You will find that employees who show up on time and volunteer to stay late will be the ones who jump over other employees for promotions.
The second “R” is Respond. Employees who are quick to respond will always be more successful than those that procrastinate. If you get an email, read it and respond. A word of advice, read every outgoing email twice and only send once. If your supervisor gives you a deadline, try your best to keep it, but if it is not possible, go to your supervisor and tell them when you will have the project done. Don’t wait until the last minute to report a mistake or a missed deadline. Your employer will appreciate that you responded to a situation before the situation becomes worse.
Finally, the last “R” is Resourceful. Do your best to ask good questions to your employer and to do your own research to come up with the correct answer. When you are new in the work force, you will not be expected to know all of the answers, but showing resourcefulness will go a long way with your employer. Learn to work smarter, not harder. Don’t be afraid to ask your co-workers for advice on how to be successful.
WorkForce Walker Personnel congratulates you on your achievement! If we can be of assistance in your job search or if you would just like to talk to one of our staff for advice, please call us at 265-0100. As Dr. Seuss would say, “today is your day.” Congratulations to the Class of 2021!