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Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering | Resources for Online Students

Congratulations to all graduates! Whether you’re just entering the professional job market for the first time or an experienced professional transitioning to a new company, here are some tips that will help you succeed in your new job.

The importance of punctuality 

Punctuality is vital to your success. There is nothing more embarrassing than turning up late on the first day of your new job. Before you start, it’s worth taking a test drive. Get up earlier to give yourself plenty of time on the road so you can beat the traffic. Map out alternative routes. In addition, it’s very important to be punctual for meetings and events.

Dress for success

Before you begin your job, ask your hiring manager what the dress code is and stick with it. Whether it’s traditional business attire or business casual make sure you look the part.

Maintain a positive outlook

When you start a new job, you will probably experience a range of emotions that is sure to include many ups and downs. You’re adapting to a new environment, meeting new people and learning the ropes. It’s important to maintain a positive outlook and show your eagerness.

Build rapport

It can be easy to be shy and retiring in the first few weeks of work, but it’s imperative to extend yourself and network. Begin by introducing yourself instead of relying on your co-workers to do it for you and ask people what their roles are.

Write everything down

Always keep a notepad and pen close by. It could be a name, a task you’ve been given or information about the company so be sure to make notes. With so much going on in the beginning it’s easy to forget key details.

Talk with your supervisor

Meetings with your supervisor are the perfect opportunity to make sure you’re on the right track and doing everything that is expected of you. If you don’t have goals and objectives, create some for your manager’s approval.

Offer to help

Of course you want to highlight your skills by focusing on your daily duties, but it’s just as important to help others when someone needs it. This is a great way to learn new skills, get involved in projects you may not have been exposed to and to show your coworkers you’re a team player.

Discover the company culture

To fully understand what your role entails and to settle into your new environment, it’s essential to engage in the company’s culture. Use the first few weeks to absorb everything that is going on around you and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Betty Boza is a Career Development Specialist for the Fulton Schools Career Center. Her primary responsibility is assisting online, graduate and doctoral students with all aspects of career development including résumé preparation, professional network expansion, effective job search strategies and mock interviews.