Job Survival Probation Tips

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Most jobs require that you pass a probationary period before a new employer decides to retain you as an employee. This probationary period can last between 90 days or six months after your start date. During the probationary period, the employer will closely evaluate your performance, attendance and ability to learn the job. The probationary period also allows the employer time to fact-check your resume and application. Once you pass the probation period, your status as an employee is secured.

Arrival

  • Always arrive at work 15 minutes prior to start time. To achieve this, have your work clothes clean and ready to wear the night before work. Set your clock one-half hour earlier than necessary. This allows time to deal with anything that might go wrong in the morning.

Attendance

  • Do not miss a day of work during your probation period. Each day at a new job is an opportunity to learn and to prove yourself. Missing work tells the employer that you are unreliable. Make an attempt to work even when you are sick. Let your boss know you are not feeling well, and ask whether she wants you to stay. If you have a medical emergency, or are contagious, it is imperative that you call the minute you know you will miss work. Bring a note from your doctor, and give it to your boss. Sick children are no reason to miss work during your probationary period. Make arrangements for your children when they are sick.

Questions

  • Ask questions about the job, and do not ask the same question repeatedly. Carry a notepad with you to record the answers to your questions. Ask for clarification if answers are unclear.

Breaks

  • Do not take excessive or extended breaks. Your supervisors and co-workers should be able to find you when they need you. Taking too many breaks makes you look lazy.

Appearance

  • Take the time to dress for your job. Dress as professionally as possible during your probationary period. If you arrive at work looking disheveled or too casual, your boss will perceive you as careless. If your job requires a uniform, do not be lax about your appearance. Clothes should be clean and wrinkle-free at work. Avoid gaudy makeup and nail polish. Keep your hair brushed and pulled away from your face. Read the company dress policy and adhere to it. Let the quality of your work draw attention to you, not your appearance.

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