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Keeping That Job


Once you get a job, you’ll want to do everything in your power to keep it.

That means arriving on time and fully prepared to work your shift. It means following instructions and maintaining good relationships with your coworkers and supervisors. It means doing the job right and well. It means taking responsibility for yourself.

It’s a good idea to have a Job Success Plan so that you can take monitor how you are doing on the job. This plan will also help you overcome obstacles before they become problems with your coworkers or supervisor.

If you’ve had difficulties on past jobs, it’s important to understand why, so that you can avoid the same problems in you new job. Try filling out the following evaluation once a month by marking what best describes you. Be honest – only you will see it.

Some reasons why you have performed poorly, had difficulties, or may have quit jobs in the past include:

  • You were bored with the work.
  • You didn't like getting up in the morning.
  • You didn't like the way your boss treated you.
  • You didn't think you were getting paid enough.
  • You didn't get along with you co-workers.
  • The job cut into your social life

What might tempt you to quit your job? What is your plan to resist these temptations to quit?

Success on the job comes naturally if you’re willing to work hard, take initiative, and be responsible. Here are a few things you should bring with you every day to your new job:

  • A good attitude
  • Willingness to learn new skills and ask for help
  • Patience
  • The ability to listen, learn and accept criticism
  • Friendliness and openness to coworkers
  • Punctuality

Follow these few rules for success and you'll be happy with your job. And your employer will be happy to have chosen you.

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