Making a Good Impression in Your First Job
Posted on December 6, 2016
I recently spoke with Forbes to discuss my newest book, Welcome to the Real World. When I graduated from college, I landed my first job as the assistant to a Hollywood agent; I was in for a rude awakening, and did not feel that my prior experiences fully prepared me for what entering the “real world” would be like. I completed a handful of internships throughout college and was extremely career-focused, but quickly entered the 7am-9pm lifestyle.
When I was a student, I didn’t find it too challenging to perform well in the classroom. You show up for class, sit in a chair and pay attention, and do some memorizing the night before an exam. Then you enter the workplace and it’s ongoing expectations — you can’t just show up anymore; you have to really be present.
Welcome to the Real World provides a handful of tips for navigating through your first, second, or third job. These are my top 6 tips for making a good impression in your first job:
- Have confidence
- Get comfortable being uncomfortable
- Fall in love with rejection
- Think big but also execute big
- Don’t take things personally
- Make yourself a priority