Start Your First Job Strong
You’ve landed your first career-job, congrats! Now how do you handle the transition to working full-time and being the newest member of the team? Let’s hear from our hiring experts about how to smooth the transition into the working world. 

From Class To Career

Sarah, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, shares, “Your first full-time, professional job will certainly be an adjustment from college life, but it’s also very exciting! Adjusting your focus will help you successfully make that transition. In college, you have a lot of control over when and how you get homework done, when you go to class, how engaged you are, etc. While working, remember that your work is contributing to an organization’s business needs and that you might need to adjust your style or schedule to meet those needs. I also recommend making time to observe and learn from respected colleagues or leaders, maybe even develop a mentoring relationship. It can be so easy to jump right in and have a laser focus on your own responsibilities but watching and learning can help you navigate the workplace, its unwritten rules, and expand your network (which is SO important).”  More from Sarah

Connecting Across Generations

Ashlyn, Hiring Expert at Worthington Industries, has a few suggestions as you navigate relationships with your new coworkers. She says, “There are a few things that you can do in order to connect with people from various generations in the workplace. The first thing to do is work hard; show those around you that you are passionate about your work and also respect the work that they're doing. Talk to them - approach the people that you work with, ask what they like to do in their spare time, see if you have anything in common. Get involved - are there teams at work that you can become a part of? This is always a great way to network with and get to know your coworkers.”  More from Ashlyn

Makailyn, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., suggests, “First and foremost, working hard to be a valuable member of the team will start your relationship off on the right foot and gain respect from your coworkers. I have found that asking people about their hobbies, family, or interests is a way to connect with them on a more personal level and see what you may have in common. The age difference won't seem so drastic if you are able to find commonalities or learn about what each other is interested in on a personal level. Most of all I think that respect, positivity, and engagement can go a long way.”  More from Makailyn

Building Confidence

Being the youngest or least experienced in your office can be intimidating. Courtney, Hiring Expert at ADP, shares “There are two things I would recommend to give you some more confidence. First, establish an open dialogue with your manager around prepping for and executing presentations or meetings.  She/he can advise you on how to best engage the audience and provide some good feedback once that dialogue gets started. Second, find yourself a mentor that is not directly your boss, but involved in some of the projects that can provide you some feedback as well. Adopting these strategies will benefit you not only now, but all throughout your career.”  More from Courtney

Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., suggests, “As a new employee, running successful meetings and projects is all about organization, partnering, consistency, and goal setting. I have found a lot of success, especially when working with a new team who is unfamiliar with me, in being very transparent with what my goals are both for individual meetings and the project as a whole, setting clear expectations for stakeholders, and then driving towards the common goals.  People like to know what they can expect and to have a voice when a goal directly impacts them. Consider some breakout sessions where you can get to know the members of the team better. Once you all perceive each other as allies with common goals, it will be more natural to work together to find team success.”  More from Stephanie

Remember, you got this job because you worked hard for it and you deserve to be there. Approach your new coworkers as teammates and peers, no matter what your age or experience gap may be. If you have any specific questions as you kick off your career, you can always ask our experts! 
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