Make a Contribution
If you really want to get noticed, find ways to increase profits or decrease costs. In a lot of jobs–especially those for young people–you don’t really have to think much about your place in helping the company succeed. But if you want to be a real Biz Kid, you’ll want to learn all you can.
Stay in Touch
Everybody faces a situation where they have to or want to move on from a job. How you leave is important. Even in states where it’s not required, it’s good to give your boss as much notice as possible that you’re leaving–at least two weeks; a month is even better. And even if you didn’t love your job, don’t burn your bridges–you’ll need references down the road to land that next big gig.
Know Your Rights
Going the extra mile can help you get ahead and make working more fun. On the other hand, employers can take advantage of people by making them work extra hours without pay–and that’s definitely against the law. Make sure you know your rights and know the facts–and know who to talk to if you’re being exploited, harassed, or otherwise experiencing a hostile work environment.
First Jobs of the Rich and Famous
Not only is this article
funny, it demonstrates how some successful people carried lessons they learned at their first jobs through the rest of their careers.