I had a myriad of jobs from the age of 16. I became a waitress, a barista, a babysitter, and even a tutor. Before I graduated from college, I worked as a student assistant at my department. Now that my manager asked me at 30 years old to organize the 2019 Job Conference for young adults, I obliged readily.
One of my reasons was that it felt like the convention was genuinely necessary at the time. Unlike the millennials, after all, folks from my generation used to hold on to jobs very well. I mentioned various works above, but I did them all for years. I never got fired or fought with a customer.
When I talk to young adults these days, though, many of them say that the longest job that they have ever had has lasted for two months. It seems common among their age group, but it is not okay at all. It makes you wonder, “If they cannot keep a job now, when can they do that?”
Considering you are a young adult who deals with similar issues, here’s how you can hold on to a job.
Learn About Your Position
Before you even sign the contract, you should know everything about the position that the company offers to you. For instance, if you apply as a content writer at a digital marketing agency, you need to be aware of what type of content they do, how long each article is, etc. You are welcome to ask your superiors about it, but you can also research on your own.
Understand Your Boss’s Expectations
You see, when company personnel calls you for an interview, it happens because your resume has impressed the higher-ups. There was something written in it that they did not see in others’ applications. Despite that, it does not mean that they are 100% confident that you can do the job.
To avoid regrets later, therefore, you ought to know what your boss’s expectations are of you. Following the digital marketing example above, find out how many days they want you to be available in a week. You can ask about hour flexibility and output, too, so you get to decide whether you will move forward with them or not.
Be Nice To Everyone At Work
I cannot emphasize how rewarding it is to be kind to every single person in the office. That is true even if you don’t work directly with that individual. Doing something as small as smiling at everyone or acknowledging their presence can draw people closer to you. Hence, in case you mess up one or two times, they may become more forgiving to you.
Try To Meet Every Deadline
You can also hold on to your job when you meet every deadline that the boss sets for you. I know how challenging it can be, especially when you do not have a full grasp of your responsibilities yet. Sometimes, you may cram; other times, you end up taking the job home. However, you should still try to finish all the projects on time so that no one will want to replace you.
Correct Your Mistakes
Given that no employee is perfect, it is highly possible to slip up at work one too many times. Say, you print the wrong documents, buckle during a significant presentation, or miss a deadline.
You are lucky if your manager is patient because you may not hear more than a sigh from them. But even when they let it go, you need to find a way to correct your mistake and ensure that it won’t occur again. Otherwise, repeating the same issue will show that you don’t care about your job and that you need to go ASAP.
Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help
Is there any aspect of the job that confuses you? I suggest coming clean to your manager about it so that they can guide you through the process. If you try to learn the ropes by yourself, it may take a while and not be too productive for the company.
Remember that there is a fine line between being smart and acting like a know-it-all. Ditch the latter attitude and be honest about the things that you cannot understand. Not only will it save you from embarrassing situations, but it will also highlight your humility—a trait that bosses look for in employees.
Pick A Job That You Love
I have been working in the same company that I applied to after college. It has been almost a decade, and I still enjoy going to work five days a week. I can see myself staying at my workplace until my retirement because I am doing something that I feel passionate about.
Often, the lack of passion for a job pushes people to do things that jeopardize their employment. To be able to hold on to one, after all, you should want to do it. And that only happens when you pick a job that you love.
Now is the best time to assess your work performance. Keeping a job should not be too challenging, especially if you and your bosses see how much you care for the company. Assuming you give it your all every day, then you are safe. In case you don’t, though, then you need to put in a little more effort to hold on to your job.