Tips For Fresh Graduates to Find Success in the First Job

Updated : June 12th, 2019

One of the most intriguing phases of life is transitioning from college to work life. A fresh graduate has been doing nothing but only studying since adolescence and is now staring at transitioning into a different walk of life altogether. This is certainly not a cakewalk for most of us since it’s like stepping into a new planet. From academic life to being a full time professional.

The phase of transition is critical. From the time you’ve graduated, until the process of interview  that lands you the first job and about a year into your first job, your acts can make or break things for you. This period calls for introspection at times which helps you in making the right behavioral decisions which in turn helps in driving performance at work. Out of all the major and minor aspects or “Game Changers” as we would like to call it, we’ve collated a list of 5 most discerning points that will help you to find success in your first job.

Job Finding Tips

Stay Open Minded

The most crucial aspect. Be open minded and embrace all the learning that comes your way. Whether it is a process you will be learning or a skill you’ll acquire, learn them with passion and dedication. This Game Changer also calls for ability to ask questions if you are unable to understand or comprehend a component at work. Always look up to your seniors and supervisors for mentorship.

Willing to Unlearn

You heard it right. As much as you’re willing to learn, the focus should be balanced on unlearning as well. Some theories and rules may not be the most appropriate at all places which includes work. As a fresh graduate you must acquire the ability to unlearn and replace it with another thought or create your own.

For example, your casual humor at college may have done wonders and added onto the popularity among classmates. However, you may not be apply the same form of humor at workplace, among colleagues. This calls for unlearning.

Ready to Take Instructions

Salaried employment is all about hierarchies and following the instructions from the boss. There will never be an end to this pyramid. Even the C.E.O reports to the board! Be ready to take instructions and feedback from your superiors and supervisors. If you feel it is harsh, take it with a pinch of salt and any disagreement should be communicated in an assertive manner.

Do not put your skills and knowledge above your peer or senior group and flaunt it. You may end up damaging your relationship in the team which may be irreparable for a long time.

Flexibility & Proactiveness

College might have been about fixed hours of attending classes and chilling out with friends in between. Professional life is sometimes gruelling and lasting work which calls for flexibility such as putting those extra hours or working on a weekday. Be flexible and open to working long hours when required. If it is taking a toll on your health, feel free to let your supervisor know.

Being proactive also adds laurels to your career in the company. Take initiatives, innovate and presenting your idea helps. Things that improve a process or add value to the way it is being done, is welcome in the corporate world.

Follow the Framework

Extremely crucial. In this new age of rapidly changing technology, organisations are netting the policy framework like never before. As a knowlegeble employee, it’s paramount to understand the rules and regulations and ensure the work is carried out within the boundaries.

As stated in the introductory section of this article, there are many tiny facets that helps you in having a smooth sail. We at wish you a happy career ahead.

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    1. Sid,

      The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

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      1. I’m confused the article is about extending unemployment benefits in Texas but there hasn’t been any approved Emergency extensions since 2013. Can you clarify this.

        1. Glo,

          The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  2. I’m attemptiing to file my first weekly claim since my layoff, however, my PIN# is not correct. what do I do to get my correct PIN# , please?

  3. I have exhausted my unemployment benefits in Texas but my calendar year does not end until September. Do I have to wait until the calendar year is over in Texas, to apply for unemployment benefits in New York in which I have available quarters?

    1. Mattie,

      As much as I am aware, UI benefits are only a one-time cycle. Please call the Claims Center for clarification.

  4. Help ran out of unemployment benefits for the pass 8 years i have worked at Hexion speciality chemical plant in Brady Texas how can i get my benefits extended

    1. Roderick,

      The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

    1. Annette,

      You can visit the official website of the Unemployment Office and ‘login’ to check the claim status. Alternatively, you can also call the Claims Center.

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    1. Jocelyn,

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  5. I have been working for the same company for the past 11 years. I started out cleaning apartments, then landscaping and finally Asst. Manager for the past seven years. However, the owner/ manager had us all sign papers claiming we were “Independent Contractors.” I worked Monday thru Friday from 8am – 5pm the entire 11 years. Obviously, in reality, we had Never been “Independent Contractors.”
    Finally, October 2018 we became employee’s. On May 10, 2019 he sold the business which puts us all out of work. I tried filing for unemployment, but, I don’t have enough quarters in. Assuming I’m still out of work, can I wait for the next quarter to end, thus giving me the 2 quarters I need or will it not make a difference.

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  7. I am unemployed and currently going to a community college. How can I apply for federal assistance?

    1. Carol,

      If you’re able and available for full-time employment, you can directly go to the website of the Unemployment Office and apply.

  8. I have worked in AZ since March 2016. However, I moved lived and worked for my employer in CA since 08/02/1982. Can I apply for Cali unemployment benefits?

    1. Robert,

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      1. How long does it take Washington state unemployment to deposit your back pay after they receive the determination letter from OAH stating I won my appeal?

  9. I have been trying for over a month to file and I still do not seem to be able to do it, but I finally got to the correct place, I think.

  10. Cumberland NJ Unemployment Center kept me on hold for 2 hours; I finally had someone answer my call, after providing my information and question regarding the status of my NJ Unemployment Claim the representative disconnected my call.

  11. Excellent list of things to help execute better. Even taking 3 or 4 of these that one does not currently utilize could help immensely.

    1. How did you calculate the total weekly Illinois benefit of $1495? Also, why isn’t Washington and Minnesota listed in your top 5 states with the highest paid unemployment insurance compensation?

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