Life After College

Resources for New Alumni

Still looking for a job:

Starting a New Job?

Before you Start:

  • Learn as much as you can about the company.
  • Know what you’ll be wearing and have it ready ahead of time.
  • Wear something conservative until you find out what is appropriate.
  • Plan the route you’ll take to work. Know how long it will take you to get there during the hours you’ll be traveling.
  • Check the Williams Alumni Network for alumni who may be working at the same organization and plan on making contact with her/him.

The First Few Weeks:

  • Arrive early.
  • Turn off your cell phone ringer.
  • Don’t bring your cell phone into a meeting.
  • Smile and be pleasant to everyone.
  • Ask questions! You’ll make a better impression if you show them you’re smart enough to ask questions.
  • Be positive.
  • Keep your eyes and ears open. You’ll learn a lot!
  • Keep an open mind.
  • Don’t fall into the gossip trap. Listen (and learn), but don’t contribute.
  • Get to know people on your own.
  • Respect everyone’s space.

How to Succeed at Work:

  • Learn how to manage your time. Create a ‘to-do’ list and prioritize the tasks.
  • Volunteer for extra work when you have the time.
  • Be flexible.
  • Listen well by making eye contact, nodding your head, watching for nonverbal clues, leaning toward the speaker, not interrupting, and focusing on what is being said.
  • Make the Most of Your First Job
  • Four Steps to a Better ‘Winning’ Attitude at Work
  • OFFICE-POLITICS the game everyone plays
  • Jobacle.com – “Unlike most career blogs, our goal is not to sell job listings. Jobacle is here to tell it like it is and look out for hard workers like YOU. Next time you’re reading one of those other career blogs, glance around and see if they truly have the employee’s best interest at heart…”

Once you’ve been in the workforce for a while you’ll discover the importance of work-life balance. For more information:

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