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I got the job!


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Once you've started a new job, make sure you're doing the right things to keep it!

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I got the job!

  1. 1. I Got The Job! Now How Do I Keep It? Sponsored in part by the Workforce Development Agency, State of Michigan, Michigan Works!, through your local Workforce Development Board and Muskegon County Board of Commissioners. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities EEO/ADA/Employer/Programs - TTY# - 711.
  2. 2. JOB RETENTION •Attendance •Attitude •Appearance What’s Your Focus?
  3. 3. ATTENDANCE 4 Attendance Rules: 1. Why? 2. When? 3. Who? 4. How?
  4. 4. ATTENDANCE 1. Why? • You should always come to work unless you have a good reason for being absent • If you are going to be absent, you must notify your supervisor • If you don’t show up, your coworkers must work harder to get the job done
  5. 5. ATTENDANCE 2. When? • If you have a good reason for being absent, find someone to take your place • If you are unable to find a replacement, give your employer time to find one or prepare for your absence
  6. 6. ATTENDANCE 3. Who? • When you call in, make sure you talk to your supervisor or the person in charge • Some supervisors will accept an email or text message; make sure to check with yours on what’s appropriate for calling in
  7. 7. ATTENDANCE 4. How? • Your reason for missing work should be explained clearly and completely • Be respectful; how you explain is important • Some employers don’t require an explanation; check with yours on what’s appropriate
  8. 8. POSITIVE ATTITUDE • Get along with everyone—it’s a choice • You don’t have to be friends with your coworkers, but you do need to be respectful • Be cooperative • Be a team player—working together gets the job done faster and more efficiently • Get along with your supervisor • Be respectful—they evaluate you • Admit your mistakes • It’s important to learn from your mistakes so they do not occur often
  9. 9. POSITIVE ATTITUDE • Accept constructive criticism • This will help you improve • Listen carefully • Take notes if you need to • Ask questions • Be sure you understand what’s being explained to you • Learn quickly • Work should be done on time and correctly once you learn your job duties
  10. 10. POSITIVE ATTITUDE More people lose their jobs because of bad attitudes than because of poor skills.
  11. 11. APPROPRIATE APPEARANCE • Professional • Dress appropriately for the job • Always consult your company’s dress code first • Minimize makeup, jewelry, tattoos • Practice good hygiene
  12. 12. JOB RETENTION TIPS • Show up • If you’re not at work, you can’t contribute • Work harder • Try to exceed expectations • Toot your own horn • This should be done subtly
  13. 13. JOB RETENTION TIPS • Be your highest self • Work hard and be honest and polite • Open communication • Being able to have a direct and honest conversation with your boss is crucial • Take extra shifts • This will show you’re always willing to help, but you’ll also get the benefits in your paycheck!
  14. 14. JOB RETENTION TIPS • Take extra responsibility • Help your coworkers when you can • Do work others avoid • It will get you noticed as a team player • Make sacrifices • This will also show that you’re a team player
  15. 15. COMMUNICATION SKILLS •Listening •Verbal •Non-verbal •Written
  16. 16. COMMUNICATION SKILLS •Listening • Make eye contact • Ask questions • Focus on what the speaker is saying • Don’t change the subject • If you’re confused about the message, repeat it back in your own words
  17. 17. COMMUNICATION SKILLS •Verbal • Speak clearly and distinctly • Use proper grammar • Stay on subject • Speak at an appropriate speed and volume
  18. 18. COMMUNICATION SKILLS •Non-verbal • People can tell a lot from the way you move, sit, stand • Facial expressions, hand gestures, and eye contact can sometimes be stronger than your words • Your body language should reflect what you’re really trying to say
  19. 19. COMMUNICATION SKILLS •Written • Make sure your information is accurate, concise, and neat • Make sure there are no spelling or grammatical errors • Do not use “text speak”
  20. 20. NECESSARY QUALITIES: 1. Do your work well 2. Set priorities 3. Stay calm under pressure 4. Solve problems 5. Make decisions 6. Work well with others 7. Communicate effectively 8. Know how to learn
  21. 21. NECESSARY QUALITIES: 87.5% of people retain jobs because of these qualities…
  22. 22. NECESSARY QUALITIES: …Only 12% are retained because of their trade skills.
  23. 23. TERMINATING A JOB • Notify your employer ASAP • Give 2 weeks’ notice • This gives the employer time to find a replacement • Submit a letter of resignation
  24. 24. “YOU’RE FIRED!” 1. Request an exit interview • Find out why you’re being terminated and how to improve 2. Take responsibility • Don’t make excuses or blame others; focus on what you can do differently 3. Ask about your good qualities and request a letter of recommendation 4. Thank them • This is uncomfortable for all involved, it’s best if you can leave on a positive note 5. Start your new job search NOW • Do take some time to make sure you’re emotionally ready, but get started ASAP • The longer you’re unemployed, the harder it will be to find a new job
  25. 25. TOP 10 REASONS PEOPLE LOSE THEIR JOBS: 1. Personality Conflict 2. Absenteeism 3. Tardiness 4. Behavior or attitude 5. Discrimination 6. Poor performance 7. Insubordination 8. Theft 9. Harassment 10. Layoffs
  26. 26. IN SUMMARY Reflect on your performance • Am I a team player? • Am I a good listener? • Am I able to accept criticism?
  27. 27. IN SUMMARY Reflect on your performance • Am I completing my job assignments? • Do I have a positive attitude? • Do I regularly arrive at work on time?
  28. 28. IN SUMMARY Reflect on your performance • Do I dress appropriately for my job and practice good hygiene? • How well do I get along with co-workers and supervisor?
  29. 29. IN SUMMARY Reflect on your performance • How are my communication skills? • Do I learn from my mistakes? • How is my attendance?
  30. 30. Like what you saw? We hope you found this information helpful. Check us out at • Give us any questions/comments/concerns • See our workshop schedule • Learn more about Michigan Works! Muskegon-Oceana
  31. 31. Source Clinton County Regional Educational Service Agency