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101 Tips for Graduates

101 Tips for Graduates

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If you are a job seeker and are dissatisfied with your interview

results, changing the time of your interviews may be all you need

to do. The results of a survey developed by Accountemps, a tem-

porary staffing service, suggest job seekers schedule early morning

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interviews in order to have an advantage in the hiring process.

More than two thirds of the financial officers of accounting firms

polled said the most productive time for meeting with applicants is

between 9:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M.

When you want to reach someone by phone, try to determine the

best time to call. You may have to learn by trial and error or ask

someone to help you out. Don’t hesitate to ask a receptionist or the

person you’ll be calling when you get the chance. You might prefer

to make calls midmorning, but if the person you need to reach is in

meetings by then, you’re out of luck. When you call at different

times, you’ll increase your chances of making a connection.

Years ago, I tried and tried to reach the busy CEO of a compa-

ny but was having difficulty getting through to him. One night I

had worked late and although it was after business hours and I

was sure he had gone home, I decided to call him one more time.

I was shocked when he answered his phone, and he was

impressed I was calling as late as I was. He rarely answered his

phone and was very selective in the calls he took, but since he was

the only one working that night, he answered. Change your pat-

tern of calling to increase your chances of reaching someone.

Dee, a television producer, missed an opportunity of a lifetime

the morning she was late for work. One of the hosts of the show

she produced became ill and a replacement was needed. By the

time Dee arrived, a co-host was found, but the minute the execu-

tive producer saw her he expressed his regret. “Dee,” he said

“where were you when I needed you? You would have been the

perfect guest host!” Dee missed what she says was a once in a life-

time opportunity that never presented itself again. Be on time: You

can’t seize the chance of a lifetime if you’re not there to grab it.

Arriving a few minutes late to work or to a business event is not

okay. A workday that begins at 8:00 A.M. begins precisely at that

time—not five or ten minutes later. A meeting called for 10:00

A.M. should begin at that time. Arriving five minutes early sends

a completely different message from showing up five minutes late.

18 101 Tips for Graduates

You may think its no big deal to run a few minutes behind, but to

your employer it is. Consistently showing up late for work can

cost you your job or future opportunities. Unless you have a good

reason, showing up late for an interview will usually work against

you and may disqualify you.

Always leave room in your schedule to catch up if you need to.

Expect the unexpected. There will be bad weather that causes poor

driving conditions. There will also be traffic delays and times when

you get lost. Allow time for these things. You are better off arriving

someplace early, with time to use the restroom, make a phone call,

or review your notes, than making your entrance in a tizzy.

If you say you will get back to someone by the end of the day,

make sure you get back to that person by the end of the day.

People are counting on you and have deadlines to meet. Be real-

istic about your time. Know what you will be able to accomplish

within the time you have. Making promises and commitments

you cannot fulfill will lead to disappointment in yourself and oth-

ers. Be honest with yourself and others. Telling someone in

advance you will need more time to do something is better than

saying you will have something done that you fail to do.

Time is a precious commodity; spend your time doing the

things that matter. Become aware of your timing and work with

your natural rhythm. We all have certain times we are most ener-

getic, sluggish, and tired. Plan your activities around the times

you function best. If you’re most energetic in the morning, use

that time to get things done that take energy. Save your easier

tasks for those times you feel less energized.

Time favors no one; we all have the same amount of time to use

each day. Managing your time effectively requires planning and dis-

cipline. Invest in a personal planning system and learn time man-

agement skills now. Consider taking a time management class or

seminar to learn techniques that will benefit you the rest of your life.

Don’t let time control you; take control of your time. When you

respect time, you show respect for yourself and others. Use your

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time wisely. The difference between coming close to your dreams

and reaching them is often a matter of timing.

TIP # 8

Go to work every day as if it were the first day of
your job.

It’s the day you begin your first real job. Finally, the moment

you’ve been preparing for has arrived. The excitement you feel,

combined with your desire to learn and do well, will make your

first day one of your best. You’ll wake up extra early and give

yourself plenty of time to get ready. You’ll select one of your nicer

outfits to wear in your effort to make a really good impression and

will leave a few minutes early to assure you arrive on time.

You’ll smile at the people you see, offer to help others, and ask

lots of questions to make sure you do everything right. You’ll be

excited to share the details of your day with your family and friends

and decide you like the way it feels to be a part of the real world.

You’ll be excited the day you receive your first paycheck, which will

be a substantial increase from what you’ve made in the past.

I hope the exhilaration you feel at the start of your career will

last, but, sadly, over time, some people lose the excitement they

once held for their work. The joy they felt toward their job dimin-

ishes, and their desire to learn and do well is replaced by their

desire to simply get through the day.

Imagine this: You no longer feel the need to make a good impres-

sion, so you stay in bed until the last possible moment you can. You

rush to get ready for work, and you bypass the nicer outfit for the

dreary one that reflects your dull mood. You don’t really care that

you’ve arrived a few minutes late, and you don’t bother acknowl-

edging the people you see. You watch the clock as the time slowly

passes each day, and by the time you arrive home you’re too tired

to talk about your day and don’t have much to say anyway.

20 101 Tips for Graduates

I sincerely hope you will never experience job burnout, but

unfortunately, many people do. Some people become over-

whelmed by their responsibilities; others lose their gusto and no

longer try. Sometimes physical problems lead to burn-out, but

more often than not, it’s the attitude problems that do.

As you get more comfortable in your environment, the excite-

ment of the first day will decrease, and the pressures of life will

increase. Not everyone will burn out; you can and should enjoy the

work you do throughout your entire career. Never forget how hard

you worked to get the job you have or the excitement you felt on

your very first day. When you go to work everyday as if it were your

first day on the job, your days will be brighter. As a result, you will

shine brightly too.

TIP # 9

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