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So You Hate Your First Job (Part I)

Just because you hate your first job, that’s not a good enough reason to leave. This past spring many seniors graduated and have started their first position out of college. For a select few, they found the ideal job working for a well know company. For the majority, they landed in a position that they feel is not ideal but it pays the bills.

Your first job out of college – and for some, the first few jobs – is not meant to be the ideal job. Your first job(s) is the first step in building your career by learning what it means to be an employee and how to conduct yourself professionally. It’s also a great opportunity to try out different roles.

Obviously, there are always exceptions to the one-year suggestion. If you work in an abusive environment or you took a job below your qualifications and experience then it makes sense to leave once you are offered a better fitting position.

Remember, it’s not about the job; it’s about where these jobs can take you.Before you start sending out resumes, consider these reasons of why you should stay for just a little while longer.

You Don’t Have a “Sexy” Job.

Yes, you chose a specific field because you had a certain job in mind. However, in many cases, that job requires experience and is at the higher end of the pay scale. For your first couple of jobs, you will find yourself doing things that may seem tedious or beneath you. Be realistic, you have no real work experience and need to prove yourself. In order to get the job you want with the more exciting job description, you need to put 100% into your tedious task. Keep in mind, someone is always watching. Once your current employer sees your dedication, no matter the task, only then will better opportunities come your way.

You Need to Show Stability.

Overall, it is recommended that you spend at least one year in your first job. You don’t want to show a pattern of job-hopping on your resume. Many employers look at this as a red flag.

You Have an Opportunity to Network.

While you are at a job you may not like, spend some time to get to know your coworkers. Chat it up at the water cooler. You’ll be amazed what you can learn by having a conversation. Too often people become disengaged and spend more time complaining about hating the job instead of making the best of it while they are there. Don’t miss the opportunity to network, you never know when your paths will cross again.

 You Cannot Take Feedback.

At your first job you won’t know everything and may receive constructive criticism. This is a GOOD thing! You cannot grow unless you are aware of what you need to work on. Don’t take it personal. You cannot switch jobs every time your supervisor says something you don’t want to hear. Think about what was said and figure out how you can do better.

You Found a Mentor.

If your supervisor or another manager in the company has taken interest in your career growth then make sure you pick their brain and learn as much as you can. If they see that you are a hard worker and a dedicated employee, when the better position becomes available they may be able to put in a good word for you. You always need allies!

Instead of looking for a new job every time you are bored or offended, remember, no matter what the job is, you should execute it to the best of your ability. This opportunity can help guide your career.

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About LaToya Binns

My name is LaToya Binns and I am currently working as a Customer Experience Manager for a retail company, overseeing customer service for both stores and ecommerce. I live in the New York/New Jersey area. When I am not working, I love hanging out in NYC, planning bbq's or dinners with friends and family.

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