Been in the job market for a while. I’ve learnt but a few. When looking for or getting acquinted to a new job, ask or take note of some of the tips listed below.
1. A job which gives you a complimentary phone and laptop is a bad idea.
Anything beyond desk phone and desktop, aha, you’ll be monitored and held liable for delays or being unavailable. But then, its not like you have a choice..
2. Give an inch, they take a mile.
No doubt,sacrifices are good,and speak well of you. But please,kindly state clearly this is a sacrifice for the moment,and might not reoccur. The day you accept to an impromptu journey, working extremely late or work from the sick bed(or during vacation), it becomes a norm.
3. Your senior colleagues should be your buddies.
To be honest, only about 30% of your technical abilities determine your success and growth. The other chunk lies in your ability to relate professionally and PERSONALLY with your boss and senior colleagues. This is another definition of professional godfatherism. Have drinks, lunch, and attend events of(or with) this set. You learn more this way, as there is no hindrance. And secondly,they pave the way for you,and have your back.
4. Develop means of emitting pressure and stress.
The low days come,when you just want to resign, but ability to be able to take out pressure helps. Take a walk, dish out a joke or controversial story,offer to buy pizza for your team or members of your unit. And please, understand when another person is pressured-up and just be calm. Two wrongs never make it right.
5.Until you have a to-do list, you have nothing to do.
A to-do list has 2 vital advantages. #1: we know perception is key. A manager or team head or member who sees you with a to-do list assumes you are focused and have good management of your space and time. #2. writing down your tasks helps you organize and prioritize. You keep track and can have personal progress report.
6. No passion or zeal? Prepare to exit.
A job you don’t enjoy is a no-no. Now I don’t mean working conditions, I mean the job itself. Why are you in sales or marketing when you hate to be in the fore front or meeting new people? I know jobs are scarce and not easy to get, that’s why I said prepare. Don’t rush out but get your exit plan ready.
7. If one person hears,the whole office most likely knows.
The rule is this. If you really care about secrecy or privacy,don’t tell an office buddy. He/she might just have another office buddy,and the tale goes on.
This post is based on the writer’s personal opinion,and does not relate to any specific organisation or individual(s). These tips vary between organizations,sectors,companies and gender.
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