Five Tips for Your First Job – John Coleman – Harvard Business Review

Five Tips for Your First Job - John Coleman - Harvard Business Review

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Five Tips for Your First Job – John Coleman – Harvard Business Review.

Though these tips are intended to people who land their first job ever, I find that they work as general tips for any new job.

1. Don’t “fake it until you make it.”

He suggests asking a lot of questions and I’d tend not to want to focus exclusively on that – read, be resourceful, re: tip #2 invite a colleauge to lunch so that they can talk about what they do.

2. Never eat lunch alone.

Love the way he puts this:

“Every single person you’ll work with in your new position — from the receptionist to the CEO — can teach you something valuable, and each of them can be a friend and mentor in your career.”

3. Set boundaries to prevent burnout.

This is a really important one – the learning curve is steep at the start and it is tempting to work late each night till you feel productive and “get it” but we must begin as we intend to continue.

4. Serve your colleagues and customers.

Classic tenets of servant leadership.

5. Work hard and show up on time.

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