Managing Your Government Career: Success Strategies That Work

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CHAPTER 3
In the Beginning

NOW THAT YOU ARE READY to begin your career, you obviously want to get off to a good start. Most likely, your first few days will involve paperwork and getting to know the organization and its people. After that, you will probably go into a training mode, unless you have been hired as a journeyman or a higher-level technical expert. Use this opportunity to make a good first impression and learn as much as you can.


Making a Good First Impression

The most successful career civil servants that I’ve come into contact with all started their careers on an excellent note and continued to move onward and upward. These individuals dressed for success; came to work on time and with a positive attitude; tried to learn as much as possible about the organization and its culture, history, and processes; and tried to absorb as much wisdom as they could from the most experienced, knowledgeable, and successful employees. Let’s examine some of these strategies in more detail and see why they proved to be successful.


Appearance

“There is no official [federal] government wide policy about how employees are to dress, how their hair, beards, etc. should be worn, or what

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