How to Keep Your Job
Once your job search has ended and you find a job, there are things you can do to make your working life successful.
- Always arrive on time and be ready to work.
- Follow your employer's business dress code. If other employees are wearing suits, do not come to work in jeans and a T-shirt.
- Follow health and safety regulations.
- If you will be late for work or will be away, tell your employer well ahead of time.
- Be willing to learn and apply new skills.
- Show leadership and be resourceful. Contribute ideas. Ask for more work if you finish a task ahead of time. Try to find answers to questions before asking them.
- Use good judgment. Do not call in sick on the busiest day of the year. Do not badmouth your boss or other employees behind their backs. Make sure you act in a responsible way in everything you do.
- Knowing what your employer expects of you at work is the first step in making sure you keep your job. Following the guidelines and using common sense will help to build a good employer-employee relationship that could last for years!
Communication skills can be learned on the job! Working well with others makes your relationship with employers and co-workers much more rewarding:
- Learn to listen to what others are saying (even if you do not agree). Listening skills are important in the workplace; we all need to be heard when we have questions or concerns about our jobs.
- If your employer asks you to do a task, make sure you understand what s/he is saying. If you are not sure, ask for clarification.
It takes time to develop good interpersonal or people skills but these skills will help you to go far in the workplace!
- Increase your patience. In the workplace, you often have to depend on others to get the job done, just as they have to rely on you. The modern workplace centers on teamwork, so you need to stay calm under pressure and respect your coworkers.
- Learn to accept criticism. When your boss hands something back to you for corrections or suggests a different way of doing something, do not get upset. Constructive criticism is part of the learning process. Both you and your boss want you to do a great job!
- Give others the space to do their jobs. Ask questions if you need to, but try to depend on your own ability to make decisions. When you are first training for a job, your boss will understand if you have many questions about how to do things. After you settle in, try to solve problems yourself before going to your boss. That will show the employer and the other employees that you have the resources and the leadership to find things out for yourself!
- Forgive the mistakes of others. Everyone has days where things do not go the right way. You have had them yourself. Working as a team member means depending on others, but it also means respecting and forgiving others when they make mistakes.
Learning Work Skills
When you start a new job, there is always so much to learn. You need to learn about the organization, your employer, other employees and about how you fit into the big picture.
Know Your Learning Style
• Do you like to dive into new things?
• Do you like to study things before trying them out?
• Are you more likely to turn a computer on and start playing with it, or would you read the manual before turning it on?
• Do you learn best from others, by actually performing tasks, or by reading about them first?
• Let your employer know how you learn best if you believe the methods being used are not working for you.
Practice Your Learning Skills
Once you know how you learn, work on improving your skills. Learn what your limits are. If you dive into things, know when it is time to look at the manual for help. If you study things first, know when to take action.
Take Well Thought-Out Risks
Learn from your mistakes, overcome your fears and you will feel a sense of accomplishment!
The Power of Knowledge
Knowledge gives you more choices. The more you learn the more valuable you become to employers. You may be able to apply for higher positions within your organization or to transfer into another job with more responsibility.
By combining your own knowledge and skills with the tips in this Job Kit, you will be well on your way to finding the job you want and deserve
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Good luck - now you know how to keep your job!