Hit the ground running after graduation

06.03.2013


Hit the ground running after graduation
Hit the ground running after graduation

Once the graduation caps have flown and the gown is off, it's time to hit the job search with full force, and knowing the best rules to follow in your post-graduation world will help you find a direction in which to go and ultimately bring you success. 

According to the Harvard Business Review, one of the top rules to follow when applying for jobs is to always be the kind of person co-workers will want to be around. It may sound simple, but by presenting yourself as a pleasant person who can be counted on, you can gain a reputation as someone who serves others, which has long been a valued quality in employees. 

The news source quoted Winston Churchill to drive this point home, referring to when he said that "attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference." All it takes is staying positive no matter your circumstances, following through with promises and helping others achieve their own goals. Any employer would want to work with someone like that. 

Following along the lines of attitude, it's important to know the difference between arrogance and confidence. Even if you know for a fact, somehow, that you're the smartest person in the room, that doesn't give you license to make it known. Instead, it's crucial to help others arrive at the answer or solution to a problem. Coming off as arrogant can quickly make others feel they don't want to work with you. 

"It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom," as Mahatma Gandhi put it. "It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err."

Starting on the right foot
Your interview starts long before you ever sit down in the office. Every phone call, handshake and even email is an opportunity to make a great first impression that will carry over into the following stages of the recruitment process. 

"You never get a second chance to make a first impression," humorist Will Rogers once quipped, perhaps unaware of the truth in his words. According to the media outlet, studies have been done time and again that show first impressions occur within seconds of meeting someone, and often, these are extremely difficult to change. Once others have an opinion of you, they may even look for traits that confirm their initial thoughts. 

Another way to make a strong impression is to do whatever is necessary to complete a task. Once you've got a job, work equally hard on menial and important tasks, and understand that it will take hard work to be noticed and advanced. The news source stated that it's even good to focus on finding a strong organization to work in first, even if the job isn't exactly what you want. Once you've got this position, work hard and show commitment to the job. 

Find your discipline
You may be one of the most talented new hires a company brings on, but this will only get you so far. You'll need to focus, learn how to prioritize and show your managers that you are reliable no matter what is asked of you. If you do this, you'll most likely see more opportunities come your way. 

At this point it may be good to turn to Aristotle, who stated that "we are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."

It's hard to go wrong if you stay the course and work hard. 

According to CBS MoneyWatch, although 2013 graduates aren't entering the job market at its worst, it is still a rough environment. One of the best ways to get noticed in the changing hiring landscape, staffing companies say, is to focus on your online presence and social media. 

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