Graduates advised how to survive the 9-5

16-02-2007

Graduates advised how to survive the 9-5
The key points for graduates to remember when trying to survive a rudimentary nine-five job have been revealed by a graduate recruiter.

Making the right first impression, being a team player and communication are all vital points to remember when setting foot onto the career ladder for the first time, according to Paretolaw.co.uk.

The graduate specialist argues that first and foremost graduates should recognise the fact that they will be "starting at the bottom" and that despite any pride over qualifications there is a necessity to "go back to basics". Gaining experience within an office environment is recommended, along with understanding that no two companies are the same.

They also highlight the naivety of many graduates regarding first impressions, reporting that one graduate turned up to an interview wearing shorts and flip-flops.

"Don't be naïve - first impressions matter. From interviews to your first day at work, be well presented. Dress formally, until you know the dress code. Don't forget, it is better to be overdressed than too casual", recommends Paretolaw.

Other recommendations include arriving to work early and voluntarily staying late, ignoring minor illnesses and avoiding office politics. The graduate recruitment expert advises that "at the workplace, get yourself in work mode. Never turn up for a meeting without a diary or a notepad and take time to plan your week ahead"

Related categories: HR / Recruitment.


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