Owning Up to Your Mistakes at Work

Oops. Uh-oh. Oh…you get the point. Something went wrong, and it’s your fault. Now you have to figure out how to respond.    Owning up to a mistake at work can be a scary proposition. Your job could hang in the balance. You need to fix the problem while still protecting your future with the company. Here are a few things to keep in mind:   Defining the Situation   There are a few dynamics to consider when plotting your response to a mistake. Context matters. Your first step should involve defining the situation and understanding the implications. This will help you plan out what… Read more »

What to Expect on Your First Assignment

First days can be intimidating. It was true in junior high, and remains true even as you advance through your career. However, as scary as they can be, new experiences can also prove exciting and educational. With the right preparation and a good attitude, you can position yourself for success right from your first assignment.   Of course, hearing this advice doesn’t stop the butterflies. At the same time, operating through a staffing agency can sometimes make the feelings of dislocation and uncertainty worse. It doesn’t have to be that way, though.    Your first staffing assignment also represents a major opportunity. You’ve opened up a… Read more »

General Labor: Do You Have What It Takes?

Success in any industry requires a mix of different skills. More than ever before, companies expect a lot from general labor positions.   Your employer will train you on the details of the job you are supposed to accomplish. But to exceed expectations, you’ll need a broad set of secondary abilities. These will allow you to impress your bosses, leading to opportunities to earn additional pay and to take on more interesting assignments.  Here are a few of the skills needed to succeed as a general laborer:  Reliability  The first thing any employer will look at: whether you show up.… Read more »