Job Choices 2012 - Business - (Page 40)
The Critical FIRST YEAR ON THE JOB
by Ed Holton
Your long-term career success can depend upon how well you do during your ﬁrst year in the work world.
very year, thousands of college students from across the country work hard at planning their careers, honing their interview and resume writing skills, and preparing for their job searches. Many will find good jobs and start work with high enthusiasm and energy—only to be disappointed in the results. Why? Because they have overlooked a critical step and negated much of the hard work that went into finding a job. Many of them just haven’t learned how to go to work. Does that sound a little strange? I mean, you just graduate and go to work, right? Far from it, although most graduates assume just that. Most managers and executives I have interviewed complain that new hires don’t understand what it takes to successfully enter a new organization.
The ﬁrst year is different
Starting to work in an organization is a unique and critically important time that requires you to have a special perspective and use special strategies to be successful. You need to recognize that the ﬁrst year on a new job is a separate and distinct career stage. It is a transition stage; you’re not a college student anymore, but you’re not really a professional yet, either. It is only by considering
the ﬁrst year on the job separately from the rest of the career ladder that the world of work begins to make sense. Savvy graduates know that many new graduates hang on to their student attitudes and behaviors too long. But few realize that it also takes time to understand and earn the rights, responsibilities, and credibility of a full-ﬂedged professional. There is an intermediate stage that lasts from the time you accept your job until about the end of the ﬁrst year that can make or break the early part of your career. There is a different set of rules to follow during this breaking-in stage. Because you’re the “new kid on the block,” people will respond to you differently, work with you differently, and judge you differently. You, in response, have to approach them differently. There’s a special game being played during the ﬁrst year, and most graduates don’t know all the rules. It’s by learning those rules that you can get the strong start your career needs. Because a strong start is essential to a successful career, it is unfortunate that so few students know how to break in with a company. The key is to come in with enough savvy to have appropriate expectations and attitudes. In that ﬁrst year, you have to know how to establish yourself, learn the “way things are done,” and ﬁgure out what you need to do to earn credibility and respect. Most new college graduates are way off base on all of these.
Job Choices for Business & Liberal Arts Students: 2012
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Job Choices 2012 - Business
Job Choices 2012 - Business
Opportunities by Employers/Website Index
Playing Fair: Your Rights and Responsibilities As a Job Seeker
Starting a Successful Job Search
Strategies for Succeeding in a Competitive Job Market
The Networking Challenge
Making Career Fairs Work for You
10 Tips for Using Social Media in Your Job Search
USAJOBS Work for America
From Student to Professional
The Art of Writing Job-Search Letters
Write the Right Resume for the Job You’re Seeking
A New Tool: QR Codes
Your Online Presence and Your Job Search
The Online Application
Secrets to Interview Success
Ready for a Webcam Interview?
Interviewing Tips and Types
How Good Are Your Interviewing Skills?
The Critical First Year on the Job
Applying Your Two-Year Degree to a Four-Year Program
Going on to Grad School
Job Choices 2012 - Business