Career Prep 

You’ve got the job … Here’s how to keep it

Make a good impression

The quality of your work is important, but there are countless other things you can do to make a good impression at work (and avoid making a bad one). Here are just a few:

Keep it clean on social media. Everyone should know this by now but be careful what you Tweet or post. Your private life isn’t private (and can get you into trouble at work) when you share it with the world.

Respond to emails, texts and phone calls quickly. A prompt reply will make you look good—even if it’s just to say, “I’ll get back to you on that tomorrow.” A slow reply is frustrating for the other person and can reflect poorly on you—especially if that other person is your boss.

Keep track of everything you are asked or expected to do. “I forgot to write that down” is not a good response when you miss a deadline.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Some things you can figure out on your own. If you can’t, it’s better to ask questions now than make mistakes later.

Be open to advice. Getting hired doesn’t mean you know it all. You should never stop learning, so soak up all the advice and direction that come your way.

Show your value

The career website Zety recently surveyed 200 recruiters and hiring managers to find out what they most value in candidates and employees. These are among the most important to them:

Problem-solving. Problems pop up in life and work. How adept are you at solving them?

Communication skills. Listening is almost as important as talking.

Adaptability. The work environment is constantly changing. Can you change with it?

Collaboration. Diverse teams produce better results. How well do you work with others?

Time management. If you can’t manage your time, you’ll have trouble meeting your work obligations.

Technology use. You have to know your way around various technology platforms or have the ability to quickly learn.

Personality traits. Professionalism, drive, enthusiasm, confidence, creativity and transparency are some of the traits employers value the most.

Leadership. If you have the right mix of management skills and people skills (empathy, positive thinking and charisma), you might make a great leader.

The Indiana Governor’s Work Ethic Certificate is a secondary education program for high school graduates who are committed to delivering employer-recognized employability skills as they prepare to join today’s workforce. To learn more about the Governor’s Work Ethic Certification Program, visit:

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