2019 HBCU Careers Magazine

HBCU Careers Magazine

Do Your Job to the Best of Your Ability Always do the best you can do, regardless of the task you are assigned. Anything less will not only be a disappointment to your employer, but a disappointment to you. Keep in mind that sometimes when you start a new job you may be assigned tasks that seem trivial or unimportant. Take your tasks seriously, and do them to the best of your ability. If you demonstrate that you can handle the small tasks, your manager’s confidence in your abilities will most likely increase, and soon you may find yourself working Companies expect their employees to fit in and accept the corporate culture. It’s up to you to learn your organization’s style and culture and be willing to adapt to it. Is the dress code “business casual” or do employees wear suits? Is there a designated lunch time? Are there specific company formats that are to be used when preparing reports, memos or other written documents? These are just a few things you will want to consider. You can learn about the corporate culture by familiarizing yourself with the employee handbook, observing your co-workers’ behavior and asking questions (for examples of “business casual attire” see pages 83 and 84). Develop Your Communication Skills Every job, including technical ones, requires some degree of communication skills. Learn to be a good listener to ensure you fully understand instructions and to show that you are interested. Demonstrate patience and sensitivity with others, and avoid public confrontation and complaining. Learn to be tactful when working on a team, and consider what others on the team have to say and work with them. Above all, treat people as you would like to be treated. With written work, be sure you’ve proofread it carefully for content, spelling and grammar before submitting it. Ge to Know Your Co-workers on more interesting projects. Adapt to the Corporate Culture

Get to know and be known by others in your work environment. Be professional and courteous at all times, and learn the roles that your co-workers play within the organization. Learning who does what can help to figure out where you fit in the big picture. Furthermore, you may be asked to work as a part of a team with other co-workers. If you know your co-workers and have an understanding of their role withing the organization, it will help you to be a more effective member of the team. Project a Positive Attitude

This may sound basic, but it is very important. What is your perception of someone that has a good attitude versus that of someone that has a bad attitude? Think about it. Most (if not all) would agree that they prefer to work with someone that has a positive attitude. For better or worse, many times someone’s perception of you is stronger than the actual facts. Having a negative attitude can cloud your manager’s view of your ability. You may be competent at your job but do you take an interest in your work? Do you show enthusiasm? Do you take initiative? Having a positive attitude will not only serve you well in your first job, but throughout your entire career. Often opportunities for advancement and


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