Getting hired for your dream job is, more often than not, a challenging task. With the current economy having a hard time getting back on track and the unemployment rate going higher, it’s getting a lot difficult to get hired even for a simple job.

Although there are still jobs available in various places and industries, getting noticed and be hired for the job is more than a simple degree and relative experience. You have to work hard just to get an offer as the competition for a single vacancy is really tough.

But it doesn’t’ mean that your struggle to have a great career ends in your first day at the job. In fact, the real determining factor for your stable career starts at the first day of your job. Anything that you did during the job interview process is nothing compared to what you will do.

The company you will be working for do not care about your experience during the interview process. What you do during your job will count and will determine if you can improve in your career. If the interview process is tough, expect that the actual job would be tougher.

Survival through Business Etiquette

Establishing a great career often starts with the small things – proper business etiquette. Simply put, business etiquette is the set of practices that allow respect, accountability and proper business practices. By following simple business etiquette, you are not only ensuring your survival in the company but you are also improving your chances of improving in the career.

Proper business etiquette will help you become productive (which will please the bosses), but will also have amicable relationship with your co-workers. Your boss and your colleagues will support your promotion and avoid any bitter business politics.

Less is More

You don’t need to learn every business etiquette rule to excel in this category. More often than not, proper business etiquette is a trait that can be learned slowly while at work. Learning them through experience can help you have natural reaction in business instead of being awkward just to follow business propriety.

A good way to improve business etiquette is to observe in your first months at work. Don’t come in insisting that you are one of the best in the industry. Learn from those who are already there. This will also help you avoid office politics which will only pit you against your colleagues.

Business Etiquette as Hard Work

But ultimately, proper business etiquette is hard work. Knowing all the rules on how to properly conduct business has no worth if you don’t do your job well and work hard on it. All businesses and success in careers are based on hard work as they dedicate themselves to their jobs and the industry.

Your first day at your job is your initial day in establishing a great career. Observe proper business etiquette right from the first day and complement the etiquette with hard work. By being productive, you should be able to establish a great career in just a few years.