You could have the most incredible academic record and a string of extra-curricular achievements, but if you cannot demonstrate a certain level of professionalism to an employer, you are unlikely to be holding on to your job for very long. One of the most common problems facing graduates just entering the job market is that they have no professional experience, and consequently no concept of professionalism, meeting etiquette, and how to behave in the office.
A guide to workplace professionalism
If you want to put your best foot forward in your first graduate job, it is essential that you can demonstrate just how professional you are. These are some of the ways you can showcase your employability to your boss:
Respect the time of others.
In the world of business, time is money. Any time you waste on the job, may it be for long gossips over tea breaks or unnecessary hallway conversations will end up delaying others. This means that your company’s money is being flushed down the drain and your business is losing competitive advantage by. By developing proper business etiquettes, you can ensure that you make the most of your time and impress your boss by improving productivity of the team overall.
Hit your deadlines.
When you start a new job and you are still learning the ropes, it can be overwhelming when you have to juggle multiple tasks at once. Whatever you do, do not fail to miss a deadline. Work after hours if you have to or ask for advice about a particular project, but do not fail to complete your work on time.
Maintain professional and personal boundaries.
It is a great idea to foster a strong relationship with colleagues and clients, but there is such a thing as over-sharing in the workplace. Your boss doesn’t need to know about how drunk you were on Friday night, for example. Find a sensible balance between your professional and personal life.
Secure your perfect graduate job today
Once you have developed a set of professional skills, you will be able to excel in your very first graduate job. To find the very best first job for you, make sure that you sign up to FirstJob today, which has comprehensive listings for new grad jobs across many recruitment sectors and locations within the United States.It’s time to start your job search – sign up to FirstJob today and kick-start your career.
Sean Little is the VP of Marketing for FirstJob.com. FirstJob matches current students and recent college graduates with internships and quality career opportunities. Sean also runs FirstJob’s campus ambassador program at campuses across the country, helping students learn marketing topics while connecting them with top brands and job opportunities.