Life Skills Academy: How Not to Get Fired from Your First Job
How Not to get Fired
Getting the job is only half the battle. Keeping it can be just as hard. Time management, multitasking, networking, and getting along with coworkers can be just as important as your ability to staple a paper, write a line of code, or flip a burger. Learn the skills you need to make sure that once you get employed, you stay employed.
Our expert Caroline Schopf will share the most important skills to bring to your first job in order to succeed and continue to get that paycheck.
- Teen Guide to Jobs and Taxes by Stephen Currie
One in a series of basic guides for teens. It's a good starting place to learn about jobs and taxes.
- What Color Is Your Parachute? For Teens: Discover Yourself, Design Your Future, and Plan for Your Dream Job by Carol Christen
The original is one of the all-time classics for job seekers. This teen specific guide focuses more on transitioning from high school to the workforce and long-term planning on the shape of a teen’s career,
- Teens' Guide to College & Career Planning: Your High School Roadmap for College and Career Success by Justin Ross Muchnick
A handbook for teen college and career planning. It includes both academic and vocational options and is presented as a manual.
- SJPL Works
San José Public Library's business and career center website. It's full of tons of information about finding and keeping your first job.
- The Balance
A personal finance site with a rich collection of articles about finding a job. Their section on teen jobs is particularly useful.
- 10 Must Reads before Starting your First Job
A collection of 10 articles designed to help a first-time job go-er succeed. It covers a lot of the soft skills that aren’t explicitly stated in performance reviews or job expectations but are vital to being a good worker.
Tips and Tricks
- Be punctual to work sites by planning ahead.
- End work shifts at designated times.
- Notify employers of absences or late attendance with sufficient time.
- Set specific, concrete goals for each day.
- Stay focused and set priorities (avoid multitasking).
- Make detailed lists of necessary steps to achieve goals.
- Manage or reduce distractions, such as saving personal calls/communications for breaks.
- Have a thorough understanding of expected job functions and duties.
- Ask questions and solicit feedback and suggestions for job performance.
- Perform work at designated stations and times.
- Eliminate or reduce distractions, such as conducting personal communications.
Interacting with Others
- Show respect and consideration for differences.
- Manage difficult emotions, especially under stressful working conditions.
- Exhibit empathy to customers and coworkers when needed.
- Create trust with others through honest communication.
- Make necessary reparations after recognizing harmful acts.