Landing your first job is a momentous time in your life. Receiving that first paycheck gives you a new lease on life, and it proves that you are independent and able to take on the world ahead. It gives you the confidence you need to move about your life, and it shows you the true meaning of responsibility.
Before basking in that first-paycheck glow, however, you first need to succeed at your job. And let's face it: If it's your first job, odds are you have little to no experience, right? Wrong. There's undoubtedly a wide array of experiences you have that can help you excel at your job.
Not only that, but if you're an Aries, you possess unique traits that will help you succeed at your new career. When you take the time to break down the things you've done in the past, you'll see that each requires a distinct skill set, each teaching you something very particular. Using the personality characteristics of an Aries will help you not only succeed in your first job, but it will also help you thrive.
Here are seven Aries traits that will help you jump-start your career:
As an Aries, you are spontaneous and thrive in the unknown. The "no plan, plan" is your way of action. It's how you function. While this may seem like a hindrance on the job, it can, in fact, work in your favor.
Do: Allow yourself to get slightly side-tracked at work. For an Aries, staying focused isn't always the most effective way to get things done. Giving the space for distractions can allow you to approach a situation or problem with a fresh, new perspective. It will heighten your performance at work and give you an edge for finding solutions to any obstacles.
Don't: Get impatient with the task at hand. Aries are known for their abundant lack of patience. If you're trying to do a task or find yourself talking with a person and losing patience, walk away and allow yourself to get distracted. Sometimes, all we need is a little patience, and the rest will sort itself out.
By nature, Aries people are quite intelligent. They also possess sharp wits. In the workplace, this can be extremely helpful, as it can help you gain support from fellow employees. This admiration can build up and work its way up to your superiors.
Do: Use your intelligence in a way that will also allow your emotional intelligence to shine through. There are many different kinds of intelligence, and showing that you have the capacity to express emotional intelligence will prove to your employer that you are a mature, capable asset to the team.
Don't: Boast about your intelligence and belittle others. Arrogance is a pitfall of the Aries folk. Intelligence is not something you need to prove. If you're smart, it will exude naturally.
Aries tend to jump into projects without wasting any time and with little regard for the consequences. This ambitious attitude can work for you in the workplace because Aries people set out to achieve everything they set their mind to.
Do: Use this daring and bold nature to give you an upper hand at your new job. Find out everything you can about the job or industry you're working for, and use these facts to boost your confidence at the workplace.
Whether you're working in retail or accounting, each place of business has a history. Find out what it is and dazzle your employer with what you know. This will make you stand out, and it will show that you have a strong interest in where it is you're working. It will also give you an opportunity to ask questions and engage those you work with in a meaningful way.
Don't: Be reckless and fail to think things through. As an Aries, you're prone to being impetuous. If you have a great idea, talk it out with other people. Think of the objective and how you will achieve it. Considering the results of your actions can help prepare you for the future and make you a more responsible, sensible employee.
4. Active And Energetic
People born under the Aries sign are always seeking adventure. It might feel out of place in the workplace to be adventurous, but if you play it to your advantage, you will succeed. Because Aries folk are always looking for something new, getting bored with a task isn't an option. Instead, try to look at the task at hand from a different angle.
Do: Organize a physical group activity with your fellow co-workers. This will show that you have initiative, and it will also give you a way to release some of that energy you have built up.
This activity can come in many forms. Maybe it's a monthly hiking group, a weekly yoga class or training for a 5k. Whatever it is, it's a great way to get to know the people you work with outside of the office, and it's also a great new way to make friends.
Don't: Judge people as "lazy" because they're not working in the same manner as you. Being active and energetic comes naturally to you. Just because you're going a mile a minute and your co-worker isn't doesn't mean you need to harbor resentment for that person. Understand that some people function differently, and what works for you may not work for the person next to you.
Love working alone? Well, that's not your fault. It's written in the stars. Just because you have an extremely independent side doesn't mean you're unable to work in a group. Instead of letting it hinder your performance at work, look at it an opportunity to let your true self shine through.
Do: Prove to your employer that you're willing and able to work with others. Ask co-workers for help when you need it, offer assistance if you see someone struggling and take on a joint task with a co-worker. Collaborate with other workers, and find a new idea to present to your employer.
Maybe this idea is to introduce an "Employee Of The Month" board, get new name tags or rearrange some things around the workplace to make it more efficient. Work with someone to come up with an improvement for your place of work, and present this idea to your employer. It will surely make you stand out and look like a star.
Don't: Seclude and isolate yourself from others. Let others know you're available and willing to work with them. Working with others doesn't demean or jeopardize your independence. Instead, it shows that you're flexible and able to get things done as a group. This is an extremely valuable skill to hone.
6. Natural Leader
As a new member of the world of employment, it's easy to get overly excited and want to show off your skills right away. Your eagerness will go far, so always remember that.
As an Aries, you are a natural leader. There are many people born under this sign who are great leaders. Use this to your advantage when you start a new job. Take a task and make it your own. Of course, you want to consider other people and their needs, but you also want to gain recognition and make your presence known.
Do: Take charge. As for your first job, look at ways you can add to the workplace. Ask your supervisor if there are any tasks you can take on. Better yet, just do it yourself. Depending on the job, this can come in a multitude of forms, whether it's helping to manage social media, advertising on its behalf or even just ensuring there's always coffee in the pot.
Have something you are completely in charge of, and own it. Your employer will appreciate your eagerness, and he or she will also notice that your independence is not a hindrance on the job, but instead a much-needed addition.
Don't: Take it too personally if you have an idea, and your employer doesn't think it's well-suited for the job or you. Rejection is something everyone experiences in life at some point or another. Just because your idea doesn't work in this time and space doesn't mean it will never work. Take it as a lesson for the ego, and let it go. However, continue to come up with ideas, as it will allow your perseverance and determination to shine through.
Aries people are genuinely eager to help others. This is a special trait that will allow others to approach you and look up to you when they need assistance or guidance. Use this as an advantage at your new job so people feel comfortable to confide in you and ask for help.
Do: Share your skills and abilities with others. Have conversations with the people you work with, and make sure you're listening to others even more so than talking.
Not only will that show you care, but it might also inspire you. You might learn something that will help you improve at your job.
Don't: Be selfish. As an Aries, being selfish and possessive is a pitfall of yours. Instead of harboring ideas for yourself, share what you know, and do it with a smile. When you learn to share, you'll see that it opens up a world of options to you.
The takeaway here is just because it's your first job, it doesn't automatically mean you're a rookie. Use these incredible Aries traits you've cultivated so you can stand out and make an amazing impression to your employer and co-workers.
Remember you have all the tools within you to do this job. Your employer believes it, and you should, too.