On the Humble: Surviving An Entry-Level Job… When You’re Forced to Start Over

Here's how to make working from the bottom work for you

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So you’ve hit a rough patch, reached the peak at your current job or you’re looking to press reset on your professional life. Sometimes taking a lower-level job or starting over can be frustrating, humbling and overwhelming. But don’t fret. Check out a few tips to help you cope, do what you have to do, and keep it moving:

Be humble. Yes, you have years of experience, and from those years of experience, you know that any experience—whether it’s work or life experience—counts for a lot. That said, you likely have a lot to learn about your new field. Share ideas about managing projects or workflow with your coworkers and managers, but also show your openness to suggestions and critiques. Compliment people on their knowledge or expertise.

Do your homework. Don’t underestimate the power of knowledge. This is where that “self-starter” buzzword on your resume kicks in. You’re likely learning a lot in your new position, and you should seek out information at every opportunity.

Read daily publications with news about your field. If you don’t know how to do something or need background information, do some research before simply asking. That way, when you do ask for help, you’ll be asking for clarification rather than an entire tutorial on a new subject or task.

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