Entering the workforce can be overwhelming. You’re in a new environment, around new people, and have to adopt a new culture/way of life. What you need to succeed can be different at any job, but I have compiled a list of successful tips that can apply anywhere.
Clean up your social media
I’ve always maintained a clean social media presence, but it seems to be one of those things people don’t care about until it’s too late. It’s important to keep your social media clean because anyone can look at it. Including your boss, coworkers, and future employment. I don’t share where I work on social media because that’s a little too personal for me and, safety is extremely important. However, if you decide to do so, make sure your page only contains appropriate content. There are countless stories out there of co-workers taking a screenshot, sending it to the boss, and someone being terminated. Before I post anything, I always think about how it will affect my work life. It’s also a good idea to create personal pages that are ONLY for close friends and family. A group of people you don’t have to worry about sending what you post to your employer.
Being active is in reference to my 5 Ladylike Qualities To Make You Stand Out post. When you’re new and career-oriented, it’s important to be friendly and talk with everyone. You want to build a good reputation at work and make life long connections that can help you further your career. You never want to leave a company not knowing a few people who you can use as a reference for a future job. Start building good relationships, and it will pay off.
Work is similar to school. You have good days, bad days, but having friends there makes it better. We spend a lot of time at work, so while you are being active and getting to know everyone pick out a few people you think would make good life long friends, and start building those friendships. It’s important that while doing this, you maintain a healthy relationship that does not interfere with the work environment. You want to be around people you can trust.
The sooner you start saving money, the better. When you first start working, someone in HR will discuss a 401K plan that you can sign up for. This is money you get to keep for retirement. It’s better to start putting some in now than waiting until you are older. How much you contribute varies, but you want to contribute enough so that your company will match your earnings because it’s free money.
Get a planner
As an adult, you’re in control of your schedule and responsibilities. You won’t get a pass anymore because saying you forgot or didn’t know isn’t an excuse. You can face a lot of consequences from just not knowing you were supposed to do something, such as filling your taxes. Find a system that works for you. It could be your phone, a wall calendar, a monthly calendar, or a weekly planner. Every day you want to update your planner and also keep track of what is coming up.
Create a routine
Your routine is the foundation for life. You want to create a good morning and night routine that incorporates healthy habits that will have you looking and feeling good about yourself. Your morning routine should include you waking up early enough so that you look presentable every morning. College is over, so you can’t show up looking like you just rolled out of bed. Your nighttime routine should consist of habits that help you unwind and also help the morning go easier such as picking your clothes out. I’m not going to go into detail about how to create a routine, I will post about that later.
Having goals is important during this stage of life because you don’t want to be trapped in the work hustle and have nothing to show for all the years that have passed. I like to brake my goals into different categories including personal, financial, and career. Personal goals are anything you want for yourself. That can be running a 5K, making new friends, learning how to cook, buying a car, the options are endless. Financial goals deal with money. You can set savings and investment goals. Lastly, career goals can be going back to grad school, getting certificates, attending conferences these are things that will help boost your career.
Networking, learning, and improving shouldn’t stop once you get a job. Use your new job as an opportunity to network with new people and go to different events. As I mentioned earlier, I don’t share where I work online, but I try to be active on LinkedIn. I’m always connecting and messaging new people. Eventbrite is a great way to find networking events in your area. Creating a strong professional network can benefit you tremendously in the future. Stay learning and add new skills, experience, or certificates to your resume that can help you earn more.
Emergencies happen to everyone. Being prepared for emergencies make them a little less stressful when you know you’re covered. Once you start getting paid save up $1,000 as fast as you can. You want this money to be in an account that you have fast and easy access to. Every month I add a little to my rainy day fund, you don’t have to, but I like having a cushion since some emergencies are more than others. The rainy day fund is for smaller emergencies such as car accidents, unexpected fees, repairs, pet surgery, etc. Although these are small emergencies having to pay $1,000 out of pocket can put some in a vicious financial cycle that is hard to break.
You want to build up your rainy-day fund and then work on your emergency fund. The emergency fund is for bigger, life-changing emergencies. This includes losing a job, moving (a big move, usually out the state or country), or getting sick this is an emergency that can affect you for a few weeks or longer. Typically, this account should contain about 3 to 6 months’ worth of expenses, making it different for everyone. You want to calculate how much you spend every month and multiply that number by how many months you want in your account. For example, my monthly expenses are $2,000 I want my account to have 6 months’ worth of savings, so my goal is to save $12,000. This money should be in an account that earns interest. This money won’t be touched that frequently, so you want it in an account that will increase over time. Set mini-goals and build your account up. Saving a small amount, even if it’s $10, $15, or $20 a month is a good start. Personally, when I first started working, I did a 5K in 6 months savings challenge to help me get started. After that, I just add a bit each pay period.
Till next time,
Miss. True Class