During our first few years in the real world, what should we, college graduates, take time to learn? Naij made a list of 25 things every young professional should know by age of 25! Of course, these tips are also useful for senior people looking for employment.
25. The possibility for greatness and embarrassment both exist in the same space. If you're not willing to be embarrassed, you're probably not willing to be great.
24. While most choices are not permanent, sometimes the consequences are.
23. Always be polite during phone conversations. An entire article could be dedicated to phone etiquette!
22. A cover letter should add color and personality. It shouldn't summarize your resume.
21. Everyone likes to receive praise, but the smartest young adults actively seek constructive criticism.
20. The days of a college syllabus are long gone. If you're waiting for someone to give you direction, have a seat. You'll be there a while.
19. Multi-tasking is great, but some moments require your undivided attention.
18. When you are in a conversation with someone, it is rude to take out your phone and text.
17. Understand the pay-stub that accompanies your paycheck.
16. There's no such thing as an overnight success. However, people who do "break through" tend to start their day while others are still asleep.
15. Dress appropriately for work.
14. Don't spend more money then you make.
13. You're never too busy to write a thank-you note.
12. Negotiate your salary.
11. The ability to follow-through on assignments can take you from 25-year-old newbie to essential team member.
10. You probably make more money than some of your friends and less than others. The only thing that matters is that you pay your own bills on time.
9. Bring a lunch to work. It's healthier and cheaper than eating out.
8. Don't step into an interview room without research on the company and questions for the employer.
7. Don't drink around the boss, even at company social events. Losing inhibitions is not a good idea when it comes to work.
6. Treat interns with respect. They'll provide you with management training and ease your workload.
5. To impress older business associates, ask about their own career path. You may also learn a thing or two.
4. Under-promise. Over-deliver.
3. The less you write, the tighter the message. The less you talk, the stronger the speech.
2. The only failure in your 20s is inaction. Everything else is trial and error.
1. You're halfway through the most formative decade of your life. You don't need all the answers, but you must keep asking questions. Start with this one: what's something new that I can learn right now?
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