It may not be your dream job, but an entry level job can offer you the opportunity to not only get your feet wet, but in the words of a pioneering reality show, “find out what happens when people start getting real.”
First and foremost: reach out and get a grip on reality. Sales and marketing firm RockSolid Inc.’s recent post “4 Myths Young People Need To Ignore” offers a great pep talk before you begin, especially those who might be disappointed with their first gig.
Another blog post, “Your First Job Is Not Your Destiny” reminds rookies that “the main task on your first job is to test your wings, learn how organizations work, how business gets done, and what makes people and organizations successful.” The author offers seven objectives to keep in mind while conducting the day-to-day business.
Entrepreneur Ilya Pozin echos many of the suggestions in his post, “8 Ways To Move Up In Your Entry Level Position,” challenging employees to tap into their inner go-getter and advance.
You’ve got to start somewhere (and sometime you’ve got to restart somewhere), but keep the points made in these posts in mind while you are grinding through to the next opportunity. Entry level jobs are a chance to learn: about how businesses run, how to deal with your new co-workers, and sometimes a lesson in humility.