#029 Interview with Human Resources Executive

Interview with Human Resources Executive

This week’s podcast features an interview with human resources executive Gloria Reed, discussing the primary missteps she sees recent college graduates making in their first job out of college.

  1. Autonomy in college vs. job

College students may not think so, but they have much more autonomy over their schedules and their time than they will likely have in their first job.

Internships and other substantive work experiences prior to graduation really help prepare college graduates for the transition into full-time employment in this regard.

  1. Soak up your environment.

Be willing to come in early and stay late to learn all you can from your boss, co-workers, and others in the organization.

Don’t be afraid to ask for more to do, especially in areas that interest you. Good bosses love it when their employees ask for more work.

Conversely, ask if you don’t understand an assignment you’ve been given. You’re not expected to know everything just starting out.

  1. Seek feedback.

Set up a time with your boss to receive feedback, and be specific as to the type of feedback you want.

Some companies do a great job of providing on-going feedback; others are lacking in this area. Take responsibility for making sure you get the kind and amount of feedback you need.

Also, don’t hesitate to share your passion with your boss and ask how you can do more work in an area that interests you.

  1. “Grass is greener” syndrome.

If you jump ship too quickly, you miss out on the opportunity to work through a challenging relationship or less-than-perfect assignments.

Getting a reputation as a job hopper will affect your job prospects down the line, too. Employers want to see that you’ve remained in positions long enough to accomplish big goals.

We also talked about what to do when your boss isn’t ideal.

First off, determine if this is just a difference in communication or learning styles, or is this really a “bad” boss?

Working through the former helps build critical skills, so as long as you are continuing to grow and learn, try to stick it out. The potential payoff is huge.

A final word: be open to constructive criticism, as this feedback is critical to helping you grow. If you get a reputation as someone who becomes defensive when faced with feedback, people will stop giving you this important information.

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