By KRYSTAL WHITE
Get your diploma, rock the interview and land the job, but what are you supposed to do once you have the job in order to keep it?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were a reported 142,000 new cases of unemployment in the United States in August 2014.
Landing a job is never a guarantee that you have secured a job; it translates that an employer saw something in you and is taking a risk. If you are to fail in any way, there are plenty of other fresh graduates to absorb your workload.
Catherine Lemay, 44, is the director of human relations at Builders Insurance Group and deals with interviewing potential job candidates and terminating employment of employees.
“Individuals who are disrespectful and see themselves above their job titles are usually prime candidates to be terminated,” Lemay said. “There is a strong difference between being confident in your abilities and feeling entitled to a job.”
In college, we are told to take pride in our accomplishments and feel comfortable bragging on ourselves when building our resumes, but when entering the work place remember to tone down that childish sense of entitlement. Yes, you have worked extremely hard to land the job, but now work even harder to keep the job and impress your employer.
There are a variety of behaviors that can lead to you being removed from a position. Jerry Miller, 58, is the vice president of human resources and health, safety and environment for Arclin Performance Applied.
“Someone who is constantly late or has repeated absences, leaves work early or ’right at quitting time’ is indicative of someone who is unhappy and may need to be doing something else,” Miller said.
Happiness in the job place is something not commonly portrayed in television and movies where opinions of what life should be like are formed.
Those working around you will likely be able to pick up on your behavior and feelings toward your job.
“The red flags to avoid include not working together with your coworkers in harmony,” said Miller. “Teamwork and showing a passion for what you are being paid for is critical to employers wanting to give you a chance to succeed. Remember that most jobs you will receive post graduation will be entry level, which is not the end of the world. There is always room to grow and network with inside the circuit of your work daily.”
“My advice would be to always build and stay in touch with your network,” said Lemay. “There are many times I have been able to recommend others to jobs, who deserve the recommendation, based on connections I have built.”
While being fired from a job is never a desirable position, it is not the end of your professional career.
“I did have one company eliminate my job,” Miller said. “ I believe what led to this decision was a discussion I had with one of the senior vice presidents. I told him what I truly thought of him, he was an abrasive individual who treated people horrible.”
Once you’ve been at a job for a while, you will become comfortable speaking your mind around those you work with. Just remember when speaking to any level of employee at a company, that your words can be used in a negative action toward you.