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Tips for Succeeding in the Corporate World

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Instructor: Tara Schofield

Tara has a PhD in Marketing & Management

You are ready to jump into the corporate world, but are unsure of what you need to do to be successful. Use the tips in this lesson to increase your chances of success at work.

Corporate World Success

Working in the corporate world is exciting and offers many opportunities. However, it is important to be prepared for success and make the right choices to fit the expectations of your employer and co-workers.

Let's imagine you have just finished college and are ready to take your new job as an entry-level bookkeeper in the accounting department of a hospital. You are excited for your new job, and a bit nervous about fitting in. Because everyone else in the department has been with the hospital for several years or longer, you want to make sure you do everything right to ensure you are accepted and respected at work. Use these tips to be successful in the corporate world.

Proper Dress for Success

With the changing corporate climate, it can be confusing to know what attire is appropriate for your job. During the course of your interviews, or upon accepting the position, it is important to ask about the dress code. Find out if the office is more formal or casual, if there are days that you can dress informally, and what is expected in your appearance.

When you attended your interviews at the hospital, you noticed the employees wore business casual clothes, such as dress pants and nice blouses or button-up shirts. You do not notice any jeans, shorts, t-shirts, or any casual-type clothes. Likewise, others are not wearing formal business clothes, such as business suits and expensive outfits. You inquire at your second interview about the dress code and are told employees wear business casual clothes Monday through Thursday. On Friday, they allow employees to wear jeans and t-shirts.

The Importance of Being Punctual

Being responsible for your work hours is a vital part of being successful at work. When you start a new job, you will want to be on time, or early, every day. This may require additional planning and organization to get out the door in time to arrive at work early, but it will demonstrate professionalism and commitment on your part. Likewise, being late can negatively affect your employment, including the potential of being fired for tardiness. Ensure you are consistently on time.

The hospital says they have a flexible start time for employees. While some employees come in at 8:00 am, employees are allowed to start as late at 9:00 am. Because you want to make a good impression and show your commitment to your new job, you decide to arrive at work at 8:00 am every day. This will demonstrate that you are serious about your job and are dependable. Your boss acknowledges your promptness and thanks you for being a devoted employee.

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