En Route: A Career Blog

Getting the Job is Only the First Step

AUTHOR: Darlene Zambruski
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POSTED: April 26, 2013 at 12:44 pm

For the majority of us, having the perfect resume, then being invited to interview and ultimately landing the job is the end of an often long and arduous, but ultimately rewarding, journey.

However, there is the actual job to contend with, which includes remaining employed.

Just recently, A.J. Clemente became an unexpected Internet sensation when he got fired on the first day of his new job.

A.J. Clemente

(courtesy NBC)

He’d been hired as an anchor at Bismark, North Dakota’s KFYR-TV. During that first broadcast, A.J. used language that isn’t allowed on broadcast TV or most offices. Thanks to social media, his faux pas went viral. His bosses wasted no time in dismissing him. You can read about A.J.’s dilemma in Parade magazine. Within the article is a link to an interesting piece about celebrities who were also fired from their jobs, with Madonna and JK Rowling (author of Harry Potter) among them.

While few of us will have such a poor outcome on our first day at a new position, we can fall into the same trap that A.J. did.

Don’t Let Nerves Get the Best of You

  • You’ve clearly aced the interview and landed the job. You deserve to be with the company. Keep that in mind rather than worrying about how you might mess up.
  • Resist the urge to say the first thing that comes to mind (as A.J. did). By taking a moment to calm down and consider the question or situation, you’ll appear composed and thoughtful.
  • Listen more than you speak. That’s the best way to learn.
  • Be aware of your colleagues’ body language. People won’t always tell you when you’re behaving beneath their expectations. However, they will probably share their opinions with colleagues or your supervisor.
  • Be enthusiastic, not manic. No one wants to work with a whirlwind who asks endless questions and can’t seem to sit still or says the wrong thing.
  • Don’t try to make friends too quickly. People don’t warm up to strangers within minutes or even days. It takes time. Give your coworkers space.
  • Be helpful. If you don’t have enough to do during your first days at work, ask others in your department if you can do anything to help them. The offer will be appreciated.

You Will Make Mistakes

We all have. However, the best thing you can do is to learn from them and improve your performance. No one expects a new hire to be perfect, except for the new hire. You’re most likely judging yourself far more harshly than any of your coworkers or boss.

Take a deep breath. Calm down. Think before speaking. You will get through that first day and the next and the next.

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