Starting a new job
is tough for everyone. When you're young, it's even tougher. If you're 21 years old and about to start your first job, keep a few things in mind. Prepare for success
by being as ready as you can before you arrive. Make sure you know how to get to your workplace, find out what traffic may look like, purchase any materials you may need, and learn your company's dress code. Arrive early and display a good attitude. Showing up early and prepared creates a good first impression. You have overcome the most fundamental hurdle of showing that you care about the job. You will need to maintain that impression by working hard. Understand that you're the proverbial low man on the totem pole. Many workplaces give the least desirable jobs to the new person. Keeping your head down and working can earn you the respect of your co-workers. Ask for questions and get help when you need it. No one expects you to know everything or be perfect on your first day. It's better to be a little embarrassed about asking a question than to make a major mistake because you were too scared to ask.