Here’s to the grads! Now what?

Congrats, Grads! And those soon to be!

Most of our articles end up being centered for younger students, as our presence in various schools tends to help us direct efforts there.

As a recent college graduate looking for a full-time job, I felt it necessary to compile some good tips to avoid another prevalent problem: workplace bullying and a generally unsafe-feeling workplace environment.

This article will be part of a multi part series to be released over the summer on our website.

First focus: finding the right job (and why to maybe not accept your first ever interview’s position)

Before the interview, do your homework. Each agency should have a website, and should have possible Glassdoor reviews from previous employees. The same way as you would research a paper for school make sure to research your possible future workplace. It is difficult to remember, but happiness is more important than the grade you got on your final paper. You will, ideally, be in this position for a while. You don’t want to dread going to work each day, or be filling the shoes in a position with a ton of overtime and a high turnover rate.

Second, learn the importance of the interview. Ask the right questions, and PAY ATTENTION. There is a good chance the person on the other side of the table will be a coworker if not your future boss: are they professional? Will they negotiate with you on important things? Do you think you will fit well in the organization if the community operates like this interview room? UCLA’s Professor Emeritus of Psychology Albert Mehrabian conducted a study on communication that shows that only 7% of communication comes from the words you speak: the rest is body language and tone of voice. Be sure to try to get sense of company culture and through more ways than just the words being said to you.

Some important questions:

  • What are some company core values?
  • What are some of the expectations set for me in this position?
  • How long do individuals often stay working for this company?

Finally, when in the office, pay attention to the details.

As goofy as it may sound, goodnewsnetwork.org suggests checking out the restroom.

“Look in the stalls to see if you find any empty toilet paper rolls. If you do, that’s a red flag.

So when I see an empty toilet paper holder, I see disrespect. No one using the last piece of toilet paper gets surprised by it. They know what they’re doing when they avoid replacing it for the next person. If someone isn’t willing to take the five seconds out of their day to replace the roll for the next person, are they likely to spend more significant time to make sure they hand-off projects without issues? When leadership has built a culture that matters to the people who work there, they’re willing to do the right thing when no one else is looking.”

When looking for work, check beyond the size of the paycheck and the skillset you have.

Life is too short to not enjoy the place you work.

Keep up for another work update later this month!