Earn Rapport at Your First Job


You’ve accepted a job. Congratulations! You’re going to be awesome. Since even the most brilliant among us will learn some tough lessons along the way about how this whole career thing works, we thought we’d save you a little trouble. If you’ll permit us to offer the following advice – we think it will serve you quite well in your first job – as well as in the many jobs to follow.

Be humble.

Accept that you’re the newbie, and as such will often get the grunt work. Yes, you’re enthusiastic, yes, you’re full of fresh ideas, and you’d really like to show off your work ethic. But paying your dues will earn the respect of your colleagues and get you a great reference. People want to work with people who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty, even if it’s while cleaning the proverbial toilet for a while until you’re given your “real” responsibilities.

Never miss a deadline.

Even if it means you have to work late on occasion – make every deadline. Oh, and be on time to work. This is crucial to earning rapport.

Tune in to company culture.

Hopefully you’ve been screened and vice versa to make sure you and your new  company are a good cultural match. But you’ll continue to learn more about the company and its people (your coworkers) once you’re actually on the job. Eating lunch with others (instead of at your desk), asking others to lend their expertise with job assignments when needed, asking questions, and just being observant will turn a simple job into a much more personal and fulfilling experience.

Ask questions (but know when to use your best judgment).

When you’re learning a new job, it is far better to feel like you’re asking too many annoying questions than to avoid “bothering” your coworkers and do the job incorrectly!  Ask questions, actively listen and ask for clarification if you need to. Write things down.  By the same token, if you know what you’re doing, don’t be afraid to find shortcuts to get the job done well, and don’t pester your boss for every single inconsequential decision.

Recognize burnout.

We’re usually at our most enthusiastic when we first begin a new job. But when you’re overworked, you can start to lose that momentum.  Losing motivation can feel frustrating when you want to do a great job, but don’t feel inspired. Don’t worry. Everyone deals with it and here’s how to cope: Take a day off when you really need to. Know when to take a break during the day to take a walk, grab a coffee and a snack, or simply zone out for a few minutes. Learn what helps you to relax so you can come back stronger than ever.

Oh yes – a few more things. Expect to make mistakes. Don’t be too hard on yourself. And have fun!


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