On-the-Job Survival GuideOn-the-Job Survival Guide

On-the-Job Survival Guide

You're hired! That's great. Now, follow these tips so you don't end up on the receiving end of Donald Trump's most famous line from "The Apprentice".

  1. Tick Tock. Gone are the days of snooze buttons and missed morning classes. In the real world, you had better be on time, if not early. Repeatedly showing up late to your desk, client appointments and meetings will get you one thing: time on the unemployment line. Most bosses won’t tolerate tardiness.
  2. Know the Code. Push all those ripped jeans and sweatpants to the back of the closet and make room for some professional apparel. Skirts, dress pants, suits, ties: whatever your office dress code, make sure you look the part. Dressing appropriately for work will boost your confidence and suggest to your co-workers that you are a real go-getter.
  3. Don’t Cross the Line. You may have been getting away with procrastination for years; putting assignments off until the last minute and then scrambling to complete them. It’s time to change your ways. If you miss even one project deadline, you may not get a second chance.
  4. Think We, Not Me. Employers have figured out that the most creative and compelling work often involves a team of great minds. Teamwork is critical to your on-the-job success. Learn to communicate, cooperate and collaborate with your coworkers.
  5. Healthy Exchange. U need 2 have great communication skills, so leave the texting language at the office door. Stellar writing and verbal abilities will get people listening and quickly make you a star employee.
  6. Careful Connections. Stay off Facebook and YouTube at work, and be aware of the power of social networking to break your career. Employers and hiring managers are using social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter and blogs to research job candidates and check up on employees. Keep it professional.
  7. Learn from the Best. You may be out of school, but you’re never out of teachers. It’s smart to find a mentor at work, someone you trust and feel comfortable approaching with questions and concerns. If you’re lucky, that person will have your back and your best interest in mind for years to come.