Effective Immediately – Or What You Wish Your Professors Had Taught You About Your First Job

You know who needs this book? Every single person graduating this May from college! You should buy it for them as a graduation gift. One thing this book doesn’t cover, though, is how to find a job. So, maybe that recent college grad entering the work world in the middle of a recession may scowl at you when you hand them this book. But…you should still get a copy and pass it on to them when they do get that job, because the book starts from your first day at the job.

So, what’s the one thing I’m taking away from this book?

The Friday Update

It’s the chapter titled “One Thing You Should Do Every Friday”. It’s intuitive but something not all of us think to do. The Friday Update is a simple e-mail drafted in bullet-point format, updating your boss or supervisor(s) on your progress. It should include the following things:

1. Your accomplishments that week: Things you got done, projects you finished, phone calls you made, etc

2. Your challenges or areas you need help or insight: Places in project where you’ve hit a snag, Things with which you need more information or help from them, etc

3. Noteworthy opportunities, suggestions and insight: This is an extremely helpful one when you don’t have daily contact with your boss/supervisor(s). It’s your input on how to do something better or faster, your suggestions, etc

4. Issues that need their input or approval: These are the questions you have for them on current or future projects.

5. Your Schedule and goals for the next week: Bullet point goals with dates next to them.

BAM! Hit Send!…okay, make sure you’ve proofread, then hit Send!

The thing with this is that it keeps you accountable and reminds the upper-levels that you’re bringing value to the company. I read this and recently implemented this in my own routine, with positive feedback.

Have you read this? Wanna read this now? Amazon’s calling!

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