A recent question on Reddit.com asked, “Which advice would you give people who are new at a job?” If you are looking for a new sales job or have recently taken one, here are some of the better answers provided by other Reddit users:
- “Always ask questions. If you are not sure about something, it’s better to ask and get it right rather than wing it and fail.”
- “Not just that, but most places will be suspicious if you’re not asking questions. They know you’re probably doing things incorrectly. Whenever I’m training someone, that is what I tell them: Ask me questions. All the time. Any question. If you aren’t asking me questions, I’m not going to think you’re a genius, I’m going to think you’re [screwing] up accounts.”
- “Don’t ask the same questions over and over. WRITE THE ANSWERS DOWN. You probably don’t have a [photographic] memory. WRITE STUFF DOWN.”
- “Asking questions also gives your supervisor a good indication of how you’re progressing with a task. At the same time, don’t be afraid to show some initiative. By this I don’t mean running headlong into a task. Just simple, common sense things to start off with…. Bosses love when you are able to do something independently without being told to, but start off small.”
- “Behave as if you’re still being interviewed. Once you’re hired it’s natural to feel a sense of accomplishment. It’s easy to assume you belong…. Sure, you got hired, and in fact you may be awesome, but you haven’t actually done anything for your new company yet…. Think of your first 30 to 90 days as an extended interview. Show up every day thinking you need to prove you deserved to be hired. You’ll work harder, work smarter, won’t take anything for granted… and in short order you will prove you belong.
- “See your manager as a person you help, not a person who tells you what to do…. Your manager has things she needs to get done. See your job as helping her get those things done. The more you help her achieve her goals and targets, the more highly you will be valued. Plus you’ll find it’s a lot easier to work hard when you feel you’re helping someone instead of obeying them. And you’ll enjoy your work more too – it’s a lot more fun and an infinitely more rewarding to help than to comply.”
- “Keep your head down. Work hard, and don’t get caught up in the office drama. I think if you do what you are told, and keep your hands clean, you will be much easier to work with and will be more likely to get a recommendation.
- “Don’t use your mobile phone excessively. This is simple, and should be common sense. For some reason this recent college grad we hired can’t stop texting. We have even given her more work to do. Drives me crazy and really shows her immaturity.”
- “Be nice to everyone. Make a point to greet anyone in the morning. Take the attitude of what you can do for someone because great customer-service-like qualities are beneficial in any role.