We started with Part 1 a bit go. Let’s continue our discussion with 5 more tips.
- You have to actually request time off and call in when you’re sick. Long gone are the days where you automatically get a break or when you can just quickly send an email to your professor tasking for make up assignments. Now you have to let your boss know ahead of time. Are you needing a long weekend vacation? Yeah, you gotta put that on the books weeks (or months) ahead of time. Did you wake up feeling like total nonsense? Guess what… time to call (or email or text, whatever the preference is with your boss) about your illness. And also a word of advice: if you’re constantly “sick” on Fridays or Mondays, they’ll notice. Don’t do it. Seriously.
- Assignments don’t just fall into your lap. If you’re wanting to prove yourself, but you don’t have anything going on that is “prove-worthy,” you have to ask for it. Or even step out of your comfort zone and recommend something that may benefit your job role, your department, or even the company. Just do it in such a way that you are not complaining about an issue, but rather identify the issue and then immediately follow up with a solution. That gets you double the gold stars!
- You can’t be staring at your phone all of the time. No matter how boring the meeting is or if you’re just sitting at your desk, being glued to your phone is a sign of disrespect and inattention. Sure, maybe the higher-ups may check their phones, but guess what? They’ve put their time in and they are higher-ups for a reason. You, my friend, are still at the bottom of the totem pole. You have to make a name for yourself and you have to be 100% present on the job.
- Make friends, but don’t get too personal. These are your colleagues. You may form great relationships with them and they may become great friends down the line, but coming to work on Monday and talking about how hung over you are and about the rager you went to over the weekend will not sit well. Exude confidence and professionalism, and your coworkers and peers will take you seriously. Talk about the one-night fling you had, and your reputation will follow you.
- Get to the point. At school it was acceptable to extend what would be a one-page paper into a lengthy 5 page essay, but it doesn’t work like that at work. Get straight to the point, talk about the highlights, and then allow your boss (or whomever you may be speaking to) to make a decision on whether or not they want to hear more. This becomes even more important in emails. Keep it high level by sticking to bullet point summaries.
What are some major difference you experienced going from college life to the work life?