Working in an entry-level position can feel like the ultimate thankless task, no matter what industry you're in. If you find yourself starting a new job, chances are you'll be coming in at the ground floor. It may not always be fun, but depending on how you choose to approach your new job can determine how much you get out of the experience and how well you do. Here are a few pieces of advice to not only survive, but thrive in any entry-level position.
Don't Have Any Expectations
One quick way to get bogged down by a new job is to put it too highly on a pedestal before you even clock in for the first time. According to an article from Top Resume, many employers use their entry level positions as a training ground for their new employees. You may come across less than ideal tasks, but this is meant to test your ability to handle the small things. If you prove yourself with the less-than-glamorous tasks, your employer will know they can turn to you for the big stuff. You also may find yourself doing a variety of jobs that may or may not be what you had in mind when you applied. Don't be thrown off by them, but rather embrace them as a chance to learn new things about yourself and the company.
Your Attitude Determines Your Altitude
Many of the quotes on The Muse's "45 Pieces of Career Advice That Will Get You to the Top" revolve around attitude and perspective. You must take your job seriously, and be appreciative of the opportunities that come your way. Embrace the opportunities for growth and trust the process. If you start off feeling like your job is a waste of time, you'll come to work miserable and perform poorly. Instead, come to your job ready to absorb knowledge and enjoy the fact that you're in the most flexible stage of your career.
It's Not What You Know...
Networking is just as important after you get the job as it was before you get it. Meeting the right contacts can open doors that performance won't be able to do alone. A mentor at your job lets you benefit from experience you don't have and connections you haven't made. You may even find out about better opportunities beyond your current position and company, just in case it doesn't work out.
Staffing Plus has a large network of relationships that job seekers can take advantage of. You can get access to opportunities that have not been publicly advertised, as well as career tools and resources to help you succeed. To learn more about Staffing Plus and how it can help you find the facility that's right for you, contact us today!
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