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Laura Cattabriga

A "good" job can come in many forms. It depends on what you are looking to get out of if. I have worked in several industries and had summer jobs while in college in Insurance, consulting and import/export. Each experience taught me something new and helped me build my resume. Remember, now is the time to establish your reputation as a solid, dependable worker more than anything else.

A few things to consider:

1) Work Schedule -- Find an office that works with your class schedule and that is conveniently located. One of the most important things about your first professional job is to be dependable. This starts with consistently arriving on time and working a full shift without issues. Employers want people they can count on. Build your reputation early!

2) Team atmosphere -- Look for an environment with a healthy team spirit. No matter what the task you are assigned, remember that you are contributing to the team and being a helpful and willing is a great attribute to establish. It goes a long way and people will give opportunities to people who are consistently willing to pitch in.

3) Responsibilities / learning opportunities -- Look for a position in your current skill set, but be seek opportunities to learn something new. Learning opportunities may come in the form of specifics like exposure to new software and systems, or it may come from learning how to handle situations professionally or how to deal with different kinds of people. At this stage, you are learning as much about HOW to work in a professional environment as the specifics. If you are bright and eager, new skills will always be learned. Finds ways to show that you understand how to be a professional.

4) Industry -- Don't worry too much about what industry you are working in. If you are like me, you are not sure what you want to do and your career path will take many twists and turns. Employers don't expect young people to know exactly what they want. However, many basic skills are universal and will apply to almost any office setting. These include: Good phone presence, organization, time management, ability to complete tasks in the designated time frame, attention to detail, communication with co-workers etc. These are often the most critical skills in entry level jobs and establishing a track record of success in these areas will give you a leg up in future employment opportunities.

Your desire to obtain an office position is a great opportunity to complement your education. Too many people come out of school with few practical skills. Use this time to develop a solid reputation and build your foundation. If you are successful, these experiences and references will go a long way as you start your career.

Good luck!

Laura Cattabriga

Answered 6 years ago

Laura Cattabriga