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Make the Most of Your Entry Level Job (Hint: Don’t just phone it in!)

“Look on the bright side.”

“When life hands you lemons, make some lemonade.”

“Find the silver lining in that cloud.”

When you’re entry level job isn’t what you hoped it would be, you don’t need platitudes like these. You need solid plan to

Adopt the right mindset.

Anyone who is just starting out in a field should expect to do some entry-level “grunt” work. Instead of getting frustrated by menial work, think of it as a rite of passage. Adopt a healthy attitude that you’ll do the best possible work, no matter how basic the task. Your employer will take notice of a job well done, even if the work is routine or “menial.” Plus, doing the basics well lays a solid foundation for moving up the career ladder.

Be a true professional.

Your job may be entry level, but don’t let that discourage you:

  • Dress like the professional you are. Looking the part will help you feel and behave like one.
  • Think like the professional you are. If you think of yourself as an invisible grunt worker, you’ll be viewed that way by others. The reverse is true, too!
  • Act like the professional you are. Don’t just “phone it in.” No matter how dull your responsibilities are, you should still be polite, energetic, responsible and enthusiastic. When you behave like a true professional, your co-workers and superiors will perceive you as diligent and successful – even if your duties are entry level.

Get creative to increase your job satisfaction.

You may not be spearheading projects or managing others just yet, but you can find creative ways to use your talents and skills:

  • Volunteer in your community. If your job isn’t providing opportunities for you to showcase your core skills, apply your expertise in a volunteer setting. Add your responsibilities and accomplishments to your resume and LinkedIn profile, and highlight them in your next performance review.
  • Request a shadowing opportunity. Show your boss that you want to learn and grow by asking to shadow someone in your target role. You can use the opportunity to build your internal network and find out what you need to do to get from where you are now to where you want to be.
  • Make the most of small opportunities. Consistently executing basic tasks well is good for your mental well-being. Taking pride in your work demonstrates that you’re ready for bigger responsibilities and even a promotion down the line.

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