Albert Aizman
June 4, 2013

Your First Job: Earning Respect

You’re a new college grad with a new job.  Congratulations! You have worked hard to get to this point.  Last thing you want to do is fall flat on your face now.  Unfortunately, it happens all too often.

Typically new grads are knowledgably prepared for the task ahead of them.  The trouble lies in persona.  Here are a few key ingredients to making sure that your first few weeks on the job get you on the right path with your career.


You’ve sat in classrooms, listened to lectures, and you feel that now is your opportunity to burst forth with your creative ideas.  Not so fast.  It’s best to resist the temptation to jump in and take over projects.  Assuming you know how the workplace should be run will only come across as arrogant and disrespectful.  Tread lightly and the experienced colleagues will be more open to accepting your thoughts and ideas.


Good managers are taught to make their employees feel appreciated in the workplace.  But that same principle goes the other way as well.  Giving a simple and sincere “thank you” to your coworkers and your boss can go a very long way in earning their respect.

Hard Work:

Many workers are watching the clock ready to grab their car keys the minute it is quitting time. Typically those are also the same people that will do the minimum amount of work that is required for their job.  Therefore, you can really stand out from the crowd by occasionally offering to help with a project of staying a little late to complete a task.  This shows the management team that you are dedicated to your career and the success of the company.

Be Teachable:

Practice the art of listening more than speaking.  Despite your enthusiasm of sharing your knowledge and ideas, this is still a time of learning.  A new employee who is constantly trying to prove his/her knowledge will have a difficult time earning the respect of other employees.

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