Q. My daughter graduated from college in May and has finally found a job! I am thrilled and she thinks she is ready to enter the real world of work. She is a great kid, but I have my doubts about her readiness. I am trying to be an encouraging parent. What advice should I give to a young professional who has limited work experience and none at what I would call a professional level.
A. Congratulations to your daughter on the accomplishment of graduation and the excitement of a successful job search. Continue to be a supportive parent and have faith in her employment readiness. Your daughter thinks she is ready to successfully enter the world of work and an employer agrees with her.
Recent grads and other new employees do need information on how to be successful in a new job; there are plenty of people willing to give advice. Those starting new jobs need to sort through the abundance of information and avoid making many of the same mistakes new grads make. To support your daughter and provide her with some of the information she needs, consider getting her a copy of the soon to be released book, Promote Yourself: The New Rules for Career Success, by Dan Schawbel. (available September 3, 2013).
Every new employee has a job description. Some are well done and complete, others are vague. Schawbel offers a great piece of advice, "Your job description is just the beginning: If you want to succeed in today's workplace, your job description is just a scratch on the surface of what you should be doing." Employees need to look beyond what they have been asked to do and see what needs to be done. Understand your new responsibilities and read more deeply into the why's behind the tasks you have been given.
Know the risks of social media. Schawbel alerts young professionals to learn from others and edit their use of socials media. Research conducted by Schawbel states 54 percent of people under 25 and 32 percent of people over 25 have posted something online that they later regretted. Stay off social media at work and do not post anything negative about your employer, colleagues, manager or pictures you wouldn't share in an interview or performance review. Schawbel provides simple and effective tips to use your online presence to grow your career instead of destroy it.
For continued advice, you and your daughter should keep reading the Job Doc! I offer your daughter one more piece of advice; recognize her mistakes, take responsibility for the situation, look for and recommend solutions and after making a sincere apology, learn how to avoid repeats.
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Patricia Hunt Sinacole is president of First Beacon Group LLC, a human resources consulting firm in Hopkinton. She works with clients across many industries including technology, biotech and medical devices, financial services, and healthcare, and has over 20 years of human resources experience.
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