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If you’ve landed your first job during the holidays, congratulations! Here’s how you can survive the hustle and bustle of the season and keep your job.

While most holiday jobs are seasonal (meaning they only last a short while), some jobs turn into more permanent roles. Whether or not you keep your job after the holiday depends on a bunch of different things, some of which you can’t control. However, the experience of your first job can teach you about the world of work and give your resume the boost it may need.
Take a look at the 10 tips below to help you get the most out of your job while keeping you happy and healthy during the busy season.

  1. Show up on time. Showing up late leaves a bad impression for most employers. Take yourself and your new job seriously, it’ll pay off in the end. There are plenty of other people who would like to earn some extra cash during the holidays and they would be happy to take your place.
  2. Follow the dress code. Every job has rules about how you should dress. Sometimes they are written in a handbook and sometimes you have to look at how other employees dress. Either way, you want to make sure you have a neat, clean appearance at work. Every day.
  3. Stick to it. Be helpful and do your job well. Follow your manager’s instructions and work hard. Even on the days when you don’t feel like pushing yourself, do it. EMployers notice employees who work hard and care about the work they do. It makes a great impression and leaves them thinking, “I want them to work here all the time!”.
  4. Stay positive. Whining and complaining won’t get you anywhere. Keep a good attitude and don’t let negative people bring you down. Remember to smile!
  5. Don’t forget the rules. Many jobs have rules about lunch breaks, bathroom breaks, and cellphone use. Keep these in mind during your shift. Most customer service jobs, for example, don’t want you to use your phone during your shift. Why? If you’re paying attention to something on your phone, you AREN’T paying attention to the customer.
  6. Ask questions. If your new job doesn’t have a handbook or training manual, talk to your manager about “expectations”. What do they want you to do each day? How quickly do they want it done? If there is anything you aren’t sure about, you should ask. It’s better than doing the wrong thing and getting fired.
  7. Get to know your coworkers. Your new job is a chance to meet new people. Talk to your coworkers. You never know when that connection may come in handy. Many jobs require you to submit at least 3 references (people who can say whether or not you are a good employee), your coworkers would be able to help with that!
  8. Ask for feedback. You should always be trying to get better. Talk with your manager about what improvements you can make, if any. Just remember, don’t take the feedback personally or let it hurt your feelings.
  9. Make time for yourself. Not on the job of course, but after work. Make sure you spend your time doing things you like to do and take care of yourself. Working hard is important, but it’s also important to rest.
  10. Have fun! I know. It’s cheesy but true. Working isn’t always fun, but if you feel stressed out or angry while at work, maybe you should think about quitting. Not every work environment is a good fit and that’s okay. If you have mean coworkers or feel like managers are bullying you, no paycheck is worth risking your health and happiness.