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  • 6 Tips for Success in Your First Office Job

    You have landed an office position, and as exciting as that prospect may be, it can also be intimidating and overwhelming. Feeling nervous is normal, especially when you start a job. Like any other job, office positions come with their particular responsibilities, practices, and expected behaviours.

    To succeed in your first office job, you need to be aware of these essential elements and know how to put them into practice. Here are 6 tips for success in your first office job so you can make the right first impression and understand your new working environment. Follow this advice to help you and your new company build a successful relationship.

    1. Be punctual and presentable

    This first point may seem like an obvious one, but getting to work on time is a must. In fact, studies show that showing up early to your shift is even better as your manager will view you as more conscientious and responsible. You are likely to see that impression factor into the high performance ratings you receive later on in your tenure. Show your superiors that you are reliable and that will go a long way toward building their trust in you.

    Be sure to dress correctly, either following the office dress code if one is established or by reaching out to your manager or human resources director to find out what dress is acceptable. Avoid sport shirts and stick with neutral tone clothing in black, blue, grey, or white.

    2. Introduce yourself to your colleagues

    It can be frustrating and confusing to meet so many new people your first few weeks on the job. However, it is well worth making the extra effort to connect with your colleagues. Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself; your co-workers will appreciate the gesture.

    Of especial importance is introducing yourself to the colleagues you will work closely with in your position. If you are part of a large office team, be sure to get to know each member. Effective interpersonal relationships in the office are the cornerstone of the organisation's success. Improved morale, teamwork, and productivity are the results of positive relationships amongst coworkers, so do your part to be in on that success.

    3. Ask questions

    Don’t be afraid to use your first few weeks of training to ask questions. There is an expected learning curve for any new employee, so take this time to ask questions and practice learning and retaining information.

    The most important thing to ask your manager or supervisor is what they expect of you in your role. That way, you will know what their expectations are and can adjust your schedule accordingly. Asking questions is a sign that you are eager and interested in your work, and your managers will appreciate your enthusiasm and dedication to your position.

    4. Avoid carelessness

    At times, especially in entry-level office jobs, daily tasks can be repetitive. It can be easy to fall into a mindless routine and work on autopilot. Unfortunately, not focusing on the tasks at hand or becoming overconfident lead to careless errors. While it’s a good sign that you become more comfortable and confident in your role, you want to stay mindful of your actions and the goal of those actions. You will earn the trust of your supervisor by proving that you are dependable no matter how repetitive or frequent your duty.

    5. Communicate appropriately

    Always keep your in-office communication professional in nature. Being respectful in all interactions with your colleagues is a must, but it can be challenging when they may banter with you or each other in friendly tones. Speak with your co-workers positively and respectfully, and avoid bringing up or engaging in controversial or heated issues in the office.

    When communicating with a superior, or with clients or customers, maintain a professional tone and attitude. Avoid informal language and any inappropriate comments or phrasing. Steer clear of gossip as well; never say anything about a coworker you wouldn’t say to their face.

    6. Get it in writing

    Make sure you always get any request in writing and document your work in writing as well. Save all documents and emails in an organized fashion so you can quickly refer to them if necessary. It is also important to keep specific instructions you are given for assignments or projects documented. You will prove your accountability and your ability to take and follow directions and further earn the trust of your manager and coworkers.

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    Everyone has different experiences in a new office job, but these tips can help you better prepare yourself for a successful start and future with your company. They will also help you to become more comfortable and confident in your daily responsibilities. Keep these tips in mind and promotions will be in your future.

    • Kamille
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      Kamille commented
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      One helpful tip I can add is to self-evaluate. Motivate yourself to continue learning and improving your skills. Don't hesitate to ask questions and be open to criticism. Be persistent in pushing yourself to always do your best.

    • Gerhard
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      Gerhard commented
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      Most employers are also keen to see someone who is willing to learn and grow not just be after a monthly pay check.

    • Gerhard
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      Gerhard commented
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      I don't know if being friendly still helps or it just gives away a notion of being a kiss ass?
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