8 Tips For Women Entering The Workforce

Starting a new job can often feel overwhelming, especially if you’re fresh out of college. If you’re entering the workforce for the first time, these tips are both practical and valuable for giving you a head start in your new career. 

Think About Your Presentation: It’s best to have a wardrobe plan in place before you start your new job. There is a simple trick you can use to save money while ensuring you always look smart and fresh at work: buy a few stapleitems that will fit in with your role, such as black pants, below-the-knee skirts, and accessories that fit in with your industry and position. Combine these with whatever you already have in your wardrobe, and you should have enough to cover your first two weeks; after that, you can repeat your outfits.

Think About Your Online Presentation: It’s not just in person that you want to leave a positive lasting mark; you also need to take care of your online presence, which is a surprisingly important factorin the success of your career. Be sure you’re keeping your professional online profiles up to date, including LinkedIn or any professionally-focused Twitter and Facebook accounts, with authoritative content that demonstrates your skills and even toasts your accomplishments. Also be mindful of who and what you associate with through these accounts. You’ll get a lot of contact requests once you start building your online presence, but don’t associate yourself with controversial, off-putting individuals or posts. People will notice, and the effects can be damaging.

Surpass Expectations: Make sure you understand very clearly what your boss wants from you; then, go the extra mile. At the same time, don’t be afraid to ask for guidance. It’s important to show that you are willing to get assistance rather than struggling solo and not getting your work done. Asking your boss for advice is a good way to bond. On the other hand, be self-sufficient when you can be. You don’t need to be running for help over every little obstacle. Instead, take advantage of opportunities to show your creativity and innovation. 

Own Up to Your Mistakes: Everyone makes mistakes. When you mess up at work, how you respond to it is generally more important than the mistake itself. The first thing you have to do is own up. Taking responsibility for your mistakes is a top priority. Being proactive and already having a plan to rectify your error and prevent it from happening again shows that you have leadership qualities. 

Don’t be Afraid to Promote Yourself: Many people are uncomfortable with self-promotion. Some women find it particularly difficult, especially if they’re shy, but it’s important to make your accomplishments known. In other words, don’t be afraid to forward that email to your boss where a client or colleague praised you for your work. The more people who hear about your successes, the more likely you are to be rewarded with a bonus, an award, or a promotion. Furthermore, as you achieve, don't forget to summarize your accomplishments on your resume. While building a concise, effective document can be daunting for many newcomers, online toolsand templates can give you a headstart. As an added bonus, hosting your resume digitally allows you to update it and share it more easily. 

Admit What You Don’t Know: Your employers and your colleagues will respect you more if you are candid about what you don’t know. There is absolutely nothing wrong with coming clean and asking for additional information. If someone asks you a question and you do not know the answer, don’t try to cover it up or fudge the answer. It’s perfectly fine to say you don’t have the information on hand but you can get it straight away. Just don’t forget to follow up. 

Always be Proactive: Turn a tricky situation into a challenge. If you identify a problem, always try to provide a solution. Being proactiveat work means taking initiative to prepare for upcoming events so that you won’t be caught off guard. It means taking an active role, looking to the future, and making conscious decisions as part of a larger plan. 

Create a Niche for Yourself: Take a good look at your department, and ask yourself what it really needs. As a newcomer, you can look at the running of the business with fresh eyes. You may be able to see a solution to a problem that’s been troubling your boss for months. When you figure out how you can carve out a niche for yourself, you can become indispensable

These ideas are not set in stone, but following these tips can make a big difference in your career and how quickly you will advancein it. 

Anna Cecilia