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10 Tips for Success in the First Year on the Job

This list of 10 Pointers for Success in the First Year on the Job was developed by Shaquaya Shelby, Spelman College ’05 alumni for TheHBCUCareerCenter.com.  Shelby is a Recruiter with Equity Residential.

10 Pointers for your First Year on a New Job
  • Be humble! Lose the ego and sense of entitlement.
  • Be a sponge! Strive to learn as much as possible about the culture of your new employer.
  • Be resourceful! Know where to go for the answers you need.
  • Be visible! Volunteer for projects that are available to you and speak up if you have valuable ideas to contribute.
  • Be social and approachable! Network with team members in and outside of your department or immediate work group.
  • Be patient! Mastery of your job function and rewards for your accomplishments will come in due time.
  • Be honest! Have integrity and be accountable for your actions and choices.
  • Be a good listener! Do a little less talking, a little more listening, and ask great questions.
  • Be selective! Pay attention to the company you keep and surround yourself with positive, professional, and motivated peers. No gossiping or participating in office politics.
  • Be prepared! Remain as punctual, professionally dressed, and well spoken as you were when you interviewed. Don’t get overly comfortable.
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