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5 Mistakes Not to Make at Your First Job

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Published on February 26, 2014

Author: myamcat

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Even if you graduated with honors and were a superstar during your summer internship, starting your first job can bring on a whole new set of challenges. You have a big learning curve ahead of you, you need to feel your way around the office culture, and you want to impress a group of people with whom who you’ll probably be working for a very long time.
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Gossiping by the water cooler when you should be working will hardly make a good impression on your boss. When the office politicking or complaining starts, it’s okay to smile, nod—and not get involved.

No one ever appreciates the overeager new employee who thinks she can solve all the department’s problems before even really understanding how things work.

No one will expect you to know everything. In fact, if you’re unclear on something, your co-workers probably prefer that you ask questions now instead of guessing and making a mistake you’ll have to fix later.

Be sure to communicate anything important that comes up—including the bad news. The last thing you want is for your boss to be in a meeting and hear about something for the first time, leaving him/her unprepared.

Even if your first job isn’t necessarily your dream job, don’t dismiss it as a waste of time. Think instead about the new experiences you’re gaining—running meetings, putting together presentations, dealing with clients, or even just spending time at a company that will look great on your resume.

The AMCAT is India’s first employability assessment test that help fresh graduates to get their first job quickly and efficiently.

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