Think your just-to-pay-the-bills job is just a waste? Think again.

By: Ryan Rader, Account Associate

As fall classes are now underway, the days of warm weather, bonfires and sunsets on the beach have come to an end for college students. Some students spent their summer getting a taste of the professional life as an intern, while others worked a summer job just to pay the bills. Or so they thought. The truth is, there are many universal skills and traits you can take from your non-career job that will help you succeed from day one of your career job.

Be dependable and on time. This responsibility comes with every job, and consistently calling in and being late can get you fired from any job. Make it a habit to always be on time.

Manage time effectively. Countless emails, routine daily tasks, your boss’ orders and fast-approaching deadlines. There are many things an employee must manage in their job, and being able to balance those tasks leads to less stress and greater job satisfaction.

Communicate well. Communicating effectively with customers, clients and coworkers is vital for the customer and employee relations of the company. Try to find something in common with everyone you meet.

Be coachable and open to criticism. Everyone makes mistakes — it’s just part of life. Be open to advice others give you, maybe you’ll be able to learn a thing or two from their similar experiences.

Look presentable. Take a shower, comb your hair and pick out something nice to wear. Show you care about your job.

Be positive. Life doesn’t always go your way, but it also won’t stay that way. Be optimistic and make the most out of every situation and opportunity. And don’t forget to smile too.

Be nice. Above all, be kind to everyone. Nobody wants to work with someone who doesn’t have anything nice to say, and your boss won’t want to hire someone who is going to drag the office down, no matter how qualified you are. Be nice to everyone, and it’ll come back around.

What other valuable traits have you learned from your jobs that will help you in your career? Share them in the comments section below!


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