5 Awkward Situations When You’re New at Work

awkwardAuthor: Abby Wolfe
Source: The Daily Muse

On day one of my first “real” job, I had no idea what to do with myself. Around 3:30 PM, I turned to a co-worker and asked, “So, uh, what time do you usually leave each day?”

When offered the job three weeks earlier, the hiring manager told me my hours were “up to me and my supervisor.” Well, that conversation never happened, so I had no idea when I could go home.

Starting a new gig can be really overwhelming—whether it’s your first one or your 10th. There are loads of unspoken rules you haven’t learned yet, and you have to get to know a whole new group of people.

But, as time goes on, there are certain situations that’ll become second nature. (Or at least feel a little bit easier.)

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How to Avoid the 5 Common First Job Mistakes Recent Grads Make

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Author: Kema Christian-Taylor
Source: Huffington Post

In the spring before my freshman year of college, I attended Harvard’s Prefrosh Weekend for recently admitted students. My cousin, a second-semester freshman at the time, ripped the welcome folder from my hands the moment she saw me: “You don’t need this. Never bring this out again.” As I started walking around with her and her friends, looking at the clusters of newly admitted students, painfully distinguishable by the bright, crimson folders they clutched to their chests, the message became clear: I may have been a rookie, but I didn’t have to act like one.

The same idea translates in the professional world. While no one expects you to be a prodigy in your first job out of college, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be aware of what not to do when you start a new job. You can easily see success on your first job by setting yourself apart from the squad of newbies and avoiding the 5 common first job mistakes below.

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