5 Strategies Everyone Needs to Succeed at Their First Job

Here's what to expect at your new office—hopefully it will alleviate some of those first-day jitters.

When you finally land your first job, you're probably a mix of excited and nervous—and want to know what exactly you can expect when you walk in the door. On this week's "Adulthood Made Easy," host Sam Zabell maps out what happens that first day—and first month—with the help of Lindsey Pollak, The Hartford's millennial workplace expert and author of NYT bestseller Becoming the Boss. Pollak shares key tips for recent grads starting a new job—and it's advice that everyone can use.



1. Google your question first. You'll have a lot of questions—but you don't want to bother your boss when the answers are obvious. Instead, check manuals or Google the question first, then approach your boss with questions you either can't find the answer to, or want further explanation based on information you already know.

2. Don't over-apologize for mistakes. Everyone will make mistakes on the job—the trick to handling them is simple: apologize, own it, and offer a solution. Don't dwell on the slip, just move forward and be sure to avoid that mistake in the future.

3. Take breaks. When you're new to a position, you might think that you need to work 24/7 to prove yourself—but that's not the case. Short breaks will make you more productive, so take a walk around the block or a quick lunch away from your desk to give your brain a rest.

4. Write it all down to start. Everyone will eventually find the best strategy for creating a to-do list, but to start, write it all down. Take a notebook everywhere you go, and get all of the information and assignments down on paper so you can see your priorities in front of you and better organize your day.

5. Lean on coworkers for help. While your boss is a great resource, tap into your network when you're feeling overwhelmed or confused. Talk to coworkers, other managers in the company, old intern coordinators, and college advisors. Chances are, they can offer perspective, advice, and encouragement—then you won't have to worry about bugging your manager for every little thing.

For even more advice, listen to the full episode below. Don't forget to subscribe and review on iTunes!