Enter your first day of work with confidence.

By Samantha Zabell
May 18, 2016

You ran late to a meeting. You forgot to email your boss the notes she asked for. You can’t remember how to turn on your computer, let alone find your desk. The first day (or even year!) at a new job can be intimidating, confusing, and overwhelming—but it can also be exciting and challenging if you’re prepared. Mistakes are often par for the course, but they don’t have to define your entry-level experience.

“I think it’s really important to acknowledge that you’re going to make mistakes at your first job no matter what,” says Lindsey Pollak, The Hartford’s millennial workplace expert and author of Getting from College to Career. “Know that it’s not the mistake that you’re judged by, it’s how you react to the mistake and how you fix it.”

We spoke to Pollak and academic expert C.K. Gunsalus, author of The Young Professional’s Survival Guide, about the most common mistakes graduates make at their first jobs, and how they can handle each blunder with poise and professionalism.

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