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Becoming a More Valuable Employee

New to the job? Are you looking for ways to be a more valuable team member? Do you want to “get noticed” for the right reasons? Below are a few ideas to get you started. As New Grads, we often lack the many years of experience that our coworkers have. While you may be relatively inexperienced, with a little drive and determination, you can still be an instrumental member of your team. Take a look at these quick tips:

Be a Self Starter

From Day 1, build a reputation as a self-starter. Definitely be attentive to direction and open to advice, but also keep your eyes open for other things you can do to add value to your team. Finish your projects ahead of schedule and immediately begin working on the next without being told. Independently do research on common office problems (efficiency, expenses, productivity, time-savers) and come up with solutions that you can pitch to your boss. Instead of waiting for performance evaluations, go to your boss and elicit constructive feedback from time to time. By actively seeking constructive criticism, you will show that you are taking interest in your professional development and that you are eager to be a better team member. A self-starter is very valuable to any team. Self starters are independent, and they require little supervision. Your employer will be happy to have you around.

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Picking Up A Part Time Gig

While part time jobs typically pay less than the equivalent full time positions, there are a number of reasons that a New Grad may consider taking a part time job. Below, a few of the merits of part time work are discussed. Take a look. It may just be a good option for you:job

  • Avoid Gaps in Your Resume
    If you are unable to secure a full time job immediately following graduation, it is a good idea to look into part time work. Employers generally like to see a continuous flow of education and employment on a candidate’s resume.Getting a part time job between graduation and your full time job can be a good way to keep your skills current and remain attractive to employers. Also, as you are working your part time job, you may just meet someone who can connect you to a great full time opportunity. 
  • To Gain Additional Skills
    Even if you are already working full time, you may be interested in learning new skills outside of your current position. Perhaps you are considering a career change. Maybe you are thinking about starting  your own business one day. Or you might just have a hobby that you want to take to the next level. If you fall into any of these categories, you may want to look in to taking on a part time job. Working under the direction of someone with experience doing what you want to do one day can be a very rewarding experience. Not only will you improve your skills, but you will also learn about satisfying customers, marketing products, and pricing services. This experience will help you determine whether you could see yourself devoting serious time to a particular activity or whether it is better suited as a hobby rather than a career or business.
  • Save Extra Money
    Part time jobs can be a good way to supplement your income as you work toward a particular financial goal. Bringing in a few hundred extra dollars each month can accelerate your progress toward a savings goal, a major purchase, a down payment on a car/house, or simply add some extra cushion in your budget.  Temporarily sacrificing a few hours of your free time each week to earn some extra income can also have the added benefit of improving your time management skills and giving you a sense of accomplishment once your goal is achieved.

Have you picked up a part time job for any of the reasons listed above? Have you ever balanced a full time job with extra side work? If so, feel free to share your story below by leaving a comment below. If you want regular updates from New Grads Now What, sign up for email updates by going to our subscribe page. Or follow New Grads Now What on Facebook!

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