Keeping Your First Casual Job

If you have a uniform, wear it appropriately Most teenagers get very excited about their first casual job. Sometimes getting the job is the easy part, keeping it is harder. Here are some hints and tips for keeping that first job.

1. Be punctual

No boss wants to hire someone who impresses at the interview, gets given a job and then turns up late too often. It should never happen, but occasionally traffic and family circumstances may mean you will be 5-10 minutes late. You should always ask your employer who to contact and how best to contact, if you find yourself running late. Keep the boss informed!

2. Be hygienic

Whether you are serving customers or out the back, your employer and co-workers will expect you to be hygienic. It is common sense, respectful and shows that you care about yourself as well as others.

If you have poor hygiene do not expect to be employed for long.

3. Be well-mannered

The words 'please' and 'thank you' mean a lot. Use them regularly.

Be respectful and courteous in meetings, when interacting with customers, and especially so when you may be involved in a situation of conflict or argument.

Showing your best manners even in the most difficult situations shows inner strength, self-confidence and maturity. Your employer will be impressed!

4. Dress appropriately

Always dress appropriately for the work you are doing. Often you will be in a uniform provided by the employer. Wear it correctly. Employees who wear and care for a uniform appropriately are showing respect to the employer and the brand of the company.

This is extremely important for every employer.

5. Ask questions

All employers will expect you to learn on the job, even through they should have given you some initial training. An employer will expect you to ask questions, probably lots of them. In doing so, you are demonstrating a willingness to listen, learn and do the best job possible.

Young employees who want to make their own decisions are high-risk for an employer. Decisions that relate to safety, customer care and servicing, product quality should always be based on prior training or question asking.

Asking questions is good. Listening to the answers is even better!

6. Follow through on your commitments

When you give a commitment to complete a task make sure you follow through. If you can't, for whatever reason, always go back to your boss, and seek clarification or support.

7. Show initiative

Most employers like employees to show initiative within boundaries. Look for opportunities to improve processes, or bring an advantage to the company's operations. Do it the right way! Share ideas at team meetings.

8. Stay off your phone

When you are working, that is what you are expected to do and are being paid to do. Stay off your phone.

Check it when you have lunch breaks if you need. This will show the employer you have both self-discipline and work commitment.

Getting a job is the first step. Keeping a job is as important, if not more so!

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