When you ask a question, you have to listen to the answer. You also need to learn to listen to what's being said between the lines. Our friend Michael Swenson demonstrates this way - he says one sentence seven ways:
You can never ask too many questions, as long as you're listening and implementing the answers. It gets irritating for a manager to be asked the same question over and over again. If you ask different questions of different people and are clearly trying to put things together, you can ask as many questions as you want.
Some questions have straightforward answers. For example, where do we keep the architect's drawings and how do we organize them?
One habit you'll want to carry over from school to your new career is taking a LOT of notes. Take notes on everything, even the things you think you'll remember. It's a very different experience to watch someone do a task, than it is to do it yourself - and if you didn't take enough notes, you may have to ask to be shown again. That's a serious black mark for you.
On your first day, you'll want to wear your interview suit. Don't worry about being overdressed. It's a sign of enthusiasm. Everyone knows the rule 'if in doubt, wear a suit' and they'll understand why you're wearing one.
On your first day look around and see what everyone else is wearing, particularly your boss. If it's a t-shirt and jeans kind of place, your boss probably has nicer jeans and a nicer shirt than everyone else - and perhaps topsiders instead of flip-flops. Work towards building a wardrobe at the same level as your boss if you want his chair someday.
Not being on time is one of the most common complaints we hear from managers about newcomers to the workplace, and one of the most common recommendations they give is to be on time!
Being on time doesn't mean that if you're due to start at 9am, you saunter into the building at 9, arriving at your desk a couple of minutes later, boot up your laptop, get a coffee and start work at 9.15ish.
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This cast makes the case for the most important thing you do at the beginning of your professional life: get good grades in College/University.
This is the first in a series of what surely will be many Career Tools casts about college and university as preparation for ones professional adult life. As with so many other things in ones career, too often we find out what's important AFTER we can do anything about it. (And if you've graduated, think about having your children listen.)
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This cast describes how to interview effectively during a downturn, particularly for difficult to fill positions.
When you get to fill a position during a down market, it usually means it's a critical position, and/or one that's been open a long time. Because you're in a buyer's market, it's usually pretty easy to find a good, even an exceptional, candidate. But you have to change how you interview in that situation, and here's how.
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