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Want to be taken seriously? Do this.

Have a great memory? Take notes anyway! You can stop taking notes when you’re the top boss and you hire someone to do it for you. In the meantime, taking notes tells your boss and colleagues you mean business.

take notes if you want to be taken seriouslyTake notes at work:

  1. to avoid asking the same question twice. Review your notes. We always notice a repeated question or forgotten advice. Always!
  2. in an electronic format so that your notes can be used for any necessary follow-up, as part of documentation for future training you may be asked to do if promoted, or so you can search them by keyword at a later date.
  3. so you can answer questions about the material 3 months later without annoying a coworker or your boss.
  4. so that your boss doesn’t need to. Whenever you can, free your boss up to be more in the moment by handling a task like note-taking. You want your boss to rely on you, to feel that you are taking care of him/her.
  5. to demonstrate your professionalism and commitment to the job and company.
  6. to show that you value the person you’re meeting with and the time they’re giving you.
  7. to  provide proof if your word or memory is ever questioned.
  8. to separate yourself from the pack – you’ll shine if you keep in mind that your boss is  watching you and asking himself “What am I going to have left when you’re gone?”. So leave your mark! Answer this question proactively and you’ll find yourself getting promoted.

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  • Believe me! Nothing is worse than asking a question that has previously been answered. Not only is it embarrassing, but it also makes you look bad. One thing a college syllabus taught me is ‘READ THE INFORMATION YOU ARE GIVEN!’ If that is not enough add notes and highlight key facts to insure that the key information is not missed. The same goes for any job you have. Read and take notes. I worked at a summer camp and was responsible for over twenty kids. Not only did it look professional to recall all the information about allergies and rules for pick up for the kids i was responsible for but it insured the kids safety.

  • This is one of the most important skills that I have learned. I worked as a clerk in my community college’s Human Resources Office. Although this job may seem as unimportant I realized that it is one of the most crucial ones that helps the office continue its normal functions. Every time that all the Human Resources had meetings I took notes. This helped me to remember what were the objectives of the meeting as well as what everyone had to say. Most importantly, when the director needed check if something had been done or not, she could always rely on me for that!

  • From my experience at school and also at work, taking notes is one of the most important skills one can learn. I was thought to take really good notes throughout college and now at my job it is something that I have to do every day. I am grateful to be able to take advantage of this acquired skill.

  • From my personal experience memory doesn’t always remember everything. I forget lots of things unintentionally, and though I listened carefully to everything that was said sometimes memory blanks out on me. And I’m left with “I’m sorry I forgot” or “Umm I don’t remember”. But thanks to notes those to phrases don’t come out of my mouth ver often. My first semester of college was rough and my professors would constantly remind us to take notes. Some professors even lowered your grade if there wasn’t a pen and paper in front of you during the lecture. So to avoid a low grade I wrote mostly everything the professor repeated. To my benefit the repeated words were the words on my finals. I was able to pass my final exams and get a good grade in my classes. Thanks to notes I have gone from “Sorry, I forgot” to “Yes, I remember that”.

  • Taking notes might seem tedious and boring, but trust me, its important.  Just the simple act of jotting something down helps your brain remember it through physical memory.  This is extremely useful when studying for tests, writing down important dates on a calendar, or taking an order from a customer.  These are all activities that i have had to do at school, at work, or at home.  Not only are notes useful in keeping information organized and available, but it has an added benefit.  Teachers and bosses notice the extra work and that can often lead to a better grade or a raise.  In my personal experience, taking notes when others speak ( ie) lecturer, boss, customer  ) means fewer errors, better productivity, and more tips. 

  • As a current college student I know that taking notes is extremely important.  Also, forming good note taking habits while still in school is a great way to get ahead of others at your future job.  I am taking many difficult classes and I have had many experiences where students around me don’t pay attention to the professor and two or three kids end up asking the same question in a row.  This annoys the professor and makes the professor feel as though the students don’t care about the time the professor is putting in to create the lectures and notes.  If the professor doesn’t think the students care, then why should the professor care about the class either?  As you can see, note taking is vital in staying ahead of the game and being the best student, or employee, you can be.

  • I recently took a class called Women’s Literature and my teacher never wrote on the board. To most of the students in the class this meant – we don’t have to take notes! Instead, I took this opportunity to quickly reflect on the teacher’s words and write them in a way that made sense to me. Before a test, I would type out these notes making them organized while also reviewing what I’d written. Turns out, much of what was on the test was not on her handouts and PowerPoint slides but needed to be recalled from memory. This also really helped me to be prepared for class and allowed me to even answer repeated questions about previously covered material from my fellow classmates.

  • Note-taking is so vital to any job. Studies have shown that when you both listen and write down something that was said, you remember it MUCH better in the future. I have had so many experiences like this in my babysitting jobs. Writing down the kids bedtimes, allergies, what they can’t eat, etc made it easier for me to remember and follow up on what I was told to do because I didn’t have to second guess myself on exactly what job was needed to be done. That put me up on their list of babysitters for sure–and there never had to be any 911 calls because I forgot one of the kids was allergic to peanuts!

  • I have learned that taking notes not only makes you more effiecient but makes you more valuable as an emoloyee.  While volunteering in a daycare facility, the importance became most evident.  Caring for a child with diabetes, there were many notes on what he ate, how much, when and if units of insulin were needed.  Note taking is an absolute in any profession as it helps us be efficient, and do the best job we can possibly do.

  • I feel that taking notes will make you more productive in the work place because you are going to be able to review meeting points and stay on task. Nothing is more annoying to an employer than having to say something several times to multiple people. When in sales it is especially important to take notes so that the customer does not feel that they have been forgotten or ignored. 

  • Your boss will rather you ask to take notes when they are giving you a list of duties than you interrupting them every few minutes to ask them to repeat something they just said.

  • Taking notes at work is very relatable to taking notes in school. Notetaking ensures that your utmost attention is being focused on the speaker, and the information you are writing down is being encoded in two ways, both by writing and listening. Better job performance can easily be achieved by focusing entirely on the task at hand and removing distractors. Notetaking shows that you are dedicated to the company and are doing your very best to improve the company with you acquired knowledge. 

  • It is a written record of training, briefings and communication.  It can also serve as validation in many circumstances and can not be disputed.

  • You can never take too many notes whether you have a below average or telegraphic memory. Notes are most important when learning a position to ensure that you are able to remember the little important details. Forgetting one small detail can create a domino effect. I have found out the hard way in a job that you never show up to a meeting without paper and pencil/pen because I got called out and NEVER forgot the materials again.

  • As an intern or a newcomer to a working environment, taking notes is essential to help you understand the operating culture of your office and to allow you to find ways to stand out. It is important to not only track the progress that is being made on projects in your office, but to find those aspects of a project where you could be helpful. Discover a need for your skills and then get to work. At my job this past summer, my notes from a routine staff meeting illuminated a project that was continuously being put off. I decided to take it on. Not only was my supervisor extremely impressed with my initiative, but she was also impressed with the work I did and as a result allowed me to take the helm of larger projects. The ability to showcase my talents and make myself an asset of my office was owed directly to the fact that I took excellent notes. 

  • Note taking involves the student in the learning process. There are proper ways to take notes without wasting time or paper. Notes should be taken in order to avoid not knowing something. If properly trained, an employee has no reason to question training material. It will ultimately be found in their notes. 

  • Note taking helps you memorize important information that you just may forget. I notice that when i just read and go to class i just mayforget what i have ready so i have learned when i read to make sure i take good notes so when i go to class i am prepared for answer questions that my teacher may ask

  • Taking notes is an important skill if you want people to take you seriously.  When I got my most recent job I began taking notes during training and my boss was very impressed.  Since I have notes with me now I have to bother him a lot less than all the other new people.  This makes me look competent and smart and leaves him to do his job instead of mine AND his.

  • Taking notes is something that I value when doing anything. I find myself trying to take in as much as possible whether I am working or sitting in class. With my notes I am always prepared and do not have to worry about forgetting important things or lessons.

  • Taking notes is very important.  I take notes whenever, we have new processes for my department.  I attend a meeting every Monday and I always make sure that I am attentitive and take notes, these meetings are about projects that my group is currrently working on and the projects for the up coming year.  By taking notes, you have something to review just in case you are not certain about a particular process.

  • I have a planner for taking notes.  I keep it with me at all times and refer to it often.  I even teach my students to do the same thing.  When I teach new concepts to my students I have them take notes in a “help” file they can refer back to when ever then need help. 

  • To be successful in all aspects of your life, one needs to know that learning is never over. Once you get a degree it is just the beginning on what will still be expected of you once you get into a career. The learning never stops and you have to take matters into your own hands to make sure that if the career you want is that important than one will do what it takes to be successful in that career even if doing things on one’s own time to learn all there is about the job. Even if this mean taking notes all day. One can then see from their notes on what is needed.

  • Instant messaging is a life saver in corporate america. It keeps individuals inside a network of other workers and their expertise is within seconds away.

  • In my first job I would never take notes because I have a great memory. but then I realized my boss or my co-workers did not trust me with difficult tasks because they  thought I would not handle it right or that I would forget and mess up things. this kept me getting experience that I needed. now in my current job I always take notes, even if I can remember things this way I can be considered trustworthy and it also helps organizing my thoughts instead of relying on my memory only.

  • I started addictions counseling at the age of 23. My first position was an adolescent counselor. I remember I was visiting long distance long term residential treatment center’s around the country. I was met by one lady that commented about the irony of someone in their late adolescence (being me) working as an adolescent substance abuse counselor. From that point on I knew I would have to prove myself and find ways to stand out in the pack. I have been counseling now for 14 years and am Nationally Certified.

  • When it comes to job search process, I take notes every step of the way.   Before I even attend the interview, I research the company online and take notes about their mission, headquarters, customers they serve, management, and history. I prepare for the interview by jotting down questions that I have so I don’t forget to ask them in the interview. During the interview, I take notes, but still make sure to give the interviewee plenty of eye contact. When I’ve finally gotten the job, I take notes during orientation, training, and meetings.  Using a legal pad, all the notes are kept together and I can always go back and use them as a reference. This shows you are organized and value the information being given.  Also. nobody likes to repeat themselves over and over.  Lastly, if you demonstrate that you pick up things quickly, you’ll save the company’s time and resources by being a more productive employee. T

  • As a perpetual intern during college, I expected to take notes at my new job. At our first big meeting, I had my notebook and pen all ready to go. It was a day-long meeting, however, and by the end of the day I realized that I had stopped jotting down notes around 11! I wanted to impress my boss so I tried to recall everything I could and sent her my notes. She noticed that I missed an important part of the meeting (the list of who would be on what committee, and what their tasks were). I was embarrassed and have now diligently brought my laptop to meetings and phone conferences.
    Needless to say, I think this article is good advice!

  • At my last job I never took notes . I took a while for my boss to trust my memory. Now with school at first I did;t take notes. Now I do for many reason. first I found out that I remember small detail when I wrote them down, and most of the time I didn’t look at them again. another reason, is that I learn to organize things better when I took nots. one of the most helpful I learned to do is that after I took note I use a planner that I keep it handy with me all the time I back date due dates with a breaf not. I check my planner regularly  so I never miss due dates or appointments.

  • Taking notes has proved to be essential in the real world. I find myself being better prepared for tasks that the boss wants completed as well as my responsibilities and duties that occur on a daily basis. If I did not have the listening and note taking skills that I do, I would be lost while at work.

  • Taking notes and/or making notations is of the utmost importance in my current job. I have a very good memory, and am rarely wrong when it comes to my job. However, working with my current boss, we often look back at conversations and/or files we have reviewed over a couple of months. It is important that our decisions and changes to the files are documented.

    Not very long ago, we worked in a specific file that later seemed to be missing information. The reason we visit and revisit each of our files is precisely to make sure they are kept up to date. If someone (me or my boss) worked on the file and did not document the missing information, or didn’t notice there was information missing, it usually creates the domino effect of reviewing every file we keep.

    After reviewing the file in question once more, (even though I was sure the information that was missing had been found), I found a memo in the file, specifying that the missing information had been originally misplaced, but having been found, was now filed in the correct order. The memo included a date and signature of the person who wrote it (me). Needless to say, our notes are now faithfully kept up to date and reviewed often.

  • I take notes anytime that I am learning something new in my career mainly because I like to be able to refer back for my own benefit. It is good to know that it is looked at as a good thing by my superiors.

  • Always take notes to be certain you know all the tasks and responcibilities. Make good notes duriing the Iinterview and orientation. This avoids constantly asking for clarification in assigned tasks. It also shows you are serious about your job.

  • I’m a full time student and can’t stress enough how happy I was to see this is a suggested skill to get ahead. I honestly love taking notes and even if I never do review them just writing them down helps me learn/ remember. I do have a great memory but why skip the chance to have proof? Documentation has helped me become one of the top in a few of my major required classes.

    Even outside of school notes help me stay organized and goal oriented. I have a lot to organize in my life including when and where I have to be every step of my day. By getting documentation of a schedule and simply highlighting things I decrees my stress level for the day.

    The major I’m going into is athletic training. To keep detailed records of my athletes and their prior injuries and treatments is crucial and if I keep practicing good note keeping and essentially recording of facts and events I will surely excel in my profession.

  • To be taken seriously with any company, you must display confidence, knowledge and understanding of instructions given. If you are in doubt of the instructions, take notes, ask questions and review your notes before you leave.

    A job supervisor will ask a person who is confident in their job skills to perform job tasks that challenge the employee. If you display confidence in your abilities and you carry yourself in a manner in which displays that confidence, you will be taken seriously by fellow co workers. If you are timid and unsure of your ability to complete the job at hand, this insecure feeling reflects in poor job performance and more time spent re-doing a job to attain the satisfaction required by the supervisor.

    Ask questions for job duties, or assigned jobs. You will display an air of confidence to your supervisor and show the company you want to do the best job possible. If you do not ask questions, you might only half complete the job and therefore look lazy to the company supervisor.

  • This works well in the nursing industry. When I round with the doctor, I take a list of my concerns with me for each patient. While at bedside, I address the questions with the physician, and check off the question to show it’s been asked. When he gives me answers, I jot what he said down. When we go back to the station, and he begins to fill out consult forms, he can use my tablet where all the information is written to refresh his memory.

  • Taking notes is important in order to avoid confusions and and forgeting to complete tasks. Being organize helps to prioritize the important tasks. It is easier to take notes now with the various gadgets we use like cell phones, ipads, laptops, and personal computers. Most employers accept the use of electronics in meetings or interviews.

  • I am a firm believer of note taking. When it comes to work, the main focus is to advance and what better way to advance then to know everything of the business. Taking notes has also saved me from so potently bad situations. When I first enlisted in the military, I thought I knew all about what was going to happen once i am in, but I was wrong. During my schooling in the military, I took pages and what seemed to be books of notes.
    When I finally arrived to my tour of duties, I used thoughts notes, studying them, and editing them to fit the current ship situation. With my vast knowledge from the notes of the tricks of the traits, I impressed the Department Chiefs and was placed on the advancement list in my department, making me one of the youngest in the department to advance so quickly.
    I take notes regarding anything that has to do with work and especially before any interview, like the previous commentor states. KNowledge is power and the average human cant remember all tha was said every day, taking some notes helps advance that stream of knowledge and advance ones life. Great session with JustJobs.

  • I choose to take notes in nearly every situation I am presented with. Having the education in regards to the position and the company in which you are applying for, can result in a positive experience. Taking notes provides me with the information that I will need to know in the future, and allow me to refresh my mind, with anything that I may need to brush up on. Taking notes provides the organization that most companies require.

  • I agree with all the reasons the lessons provides about taking notes. I bring a note pad with me every time I am in a meeting even when there is a person assigned to this task. It helps me remember items directly effecting me, i.e. task assigned. I also believe along with the minutes I may have taken. The one thing I have not done in the lesson that I will start doing is putting the notes in an electronic format. This will eliminate all my little pieces of paper and keep me organized. I also usually toss my notes out after a few months or when I believe I no longer need them but having them electronically I can always go back if I need to. The lesson was a great refresher and gave me some new tips I will take back to my job.

  • taking notes is very important in order to remember things, I use the notepad app on my phone all the time if I didn’t I would forget everything. Seems like a waste of time to go to the store only to return home with only half of what you wanted if you wrote it down you would have it

  • I’ve only been working at my current job for almost a year. My boss trust me completely. He told me that I always have a positive attitude, very professional and always willing to help others. He doesn’t always have to be in the office because I’m here and I keep the office running smoothly. He said that I have been a relief to the entire program because I bring a new energy to the office. He always see me with notes, so I don’t have to ask how to do something all the time.

  • As a student you quickly learn that taking notes is a crucial part of being successful in the classes that you are taking. They provide you with reference material when writing papers and they also help you commit important topics and details to memory. Note taking can be beneficial to any situation you may find yourself in; this could be in a classroom, in an office meeting, or even writing down an accident report for self use.
    In the classroom setting, notes help when you are sitting in your dorm later on reviewing the previous class material. In classes where writing papers in a major percentage of your work, you want to have credible sources for the information you include and a source that you could include may be a few sentences from a lecture you took notes on. Also, exams are what many professors use to gauge your knowledge on the subjects that they teach. To study properly you should have notes from class as well as specific sources you could study from. This would ensure a better grade on an upcoming test.
    Just like in a classroom setting, notes are also fantastic reference material after an office meeting. While sitting in an office meeting, many topics are being discussed and thrown around for evaluation. You want to take proper noted because they will supply you, coworkers, and employers with not only correct information, but useful and in-depth information on the topics dicussed during the meetings. By having these notes, future questions may be answered through the citations you recorded.
    In the personal sense, note taking is very beneficial to everyday life. Many people in the modern world that carry smart phones usually install task managers in which they can record their daily objectives. This list of tasks can contain a shopping list, a daily routine, bill payment due dates, or meetings with clients. Also, some people like to draft their account of what happened during an automobile accident for futher use incase a lawsuit may arise or insurance information came back incorrect.
    Seeing that taking notes helps everyone from day-to-day experiences, my question is why would people choose not to take notes? If your boss came up to you with a question about a previous meeting, you would have the answer; if a classmate came up to you and asked a question about a lecture they missed, you would know the answer; and if your wife called about groceries you needed to pick up, you would come home with all of the right ingredients.

  • As soon as a turned
    sixteen I started applying for jobs and the first place to give me a call back
    was Universal Studios, who employed me right away as a seasonal employee. The
    seasonal job turned into a part time job, and I worked for the company for four
    years. I did start working when I was young; it was rather difficult to be
    taken seriously at first, however, demonstrating that I am a hard working
    individual and my dedication to my job I managed to get two raises and
    exceptional employee reviews. It wasn’t until I was eighteen that I did use the
    advice given on this site to be taken seriously, I got hired at the French boutique
    BCBG, and I took a notebook and wrote down notes all throughout my orientation.
    Al though I worked in BCBG for only a year, I was taken seriously by my
    managers and I still keep close contact with them. I did take several notes, I
    was very attentive and my managers loved it. The note taking advice, although
    it may not seem as important as it is, it is the best advice anyone could have
    ever given me, and I was taken seriously by my bosses, which was very important
    to me as an employee.

  • This article speaks incredible truth. I remember being a summer intern for a company that my dad was involved with and the learning curve was sharp.During a lunch break I was trying to learn the nuances of microsoft excel because I would be working with spreadsheets. The head of the department I was involved with came over and asked what I was doing. He was impressed by the initiative and applauded my “working smart” because previous interns had been unprepared after expecting to be trained in every facet of the system. I showed value and separated myself from the norm.This was a valuable lesson and the article reminds me a lot of that experience.

  • Most of the time after I have listened to a lecture, no matter how much attention I give to the speaker, ten minutes after it is over, I forget most of what I heard. It’s not on purpose, it’s just my nature. Unless I take notes and remind myself of key points and add some details and clues to trigger my memory, I will have forgotten most of what I heard by the time I make it to my car. I definitely think it’s important to take notes not only for myself but to show the speaker I am clearly paying attention. In the end, taking notes proves a positive choice for me as well as the speaker I am listening to.

  • For the past 5 years I have worked at a CPA Firm, you can imagine how busy we are during tax season. I’ve learned that taking notes, and then typing them will eliminate a lot of questions that I had previously asked. The first year I constantly asked the same thing over and over again, my bosses seemed to be annoyed and made a smart comment to me such as “maybe you should take notes”, now my desk is currently covered in sticky notes because I don’t want to forget something and or ask the same thing again!

  • As someone who works in a technical field and who is seeking to further a career in a detail oriented career, it has become second nature for me to take notes. This is probably a natural response to any project because of years of note taking in school and focusing on details. Taking notes is imperative when there are certain steps which need to be taken in order to successfully complete a task or when are there are certain details that can’t be ignored. One example from my work experience in regard to note taking is documentation. I use an Ipad at work from time to time to remotely control an audio mixing console, music and microphones. Any time there are any issues, I always be sure to document them. One of the great functions of having a piece of technology is that there is a notepad application installed in the equipment. I can go in and document issues. This is great because of many reasons. One, I’m not using a paper notepad that can get damaged, forgotten or thrown away. Two, my information is automatically time stamped so that way if I forget to put the date of the notification, then it is automatically there. This way if the issue happens more than once we can check the days that the same issue happened in the past. Lastly, if I have handwriting that someone else can read, then this is a significant solution because the notes are typed and easily read by anyone.

  • It is easy to think that you will remember everything, but
    just try to remember the exact title of this article. I can’t, and I just read
    it.

    Taking notes can be the difference in being a good worker
    and being the person people turn to for help.
    I would rather be the helpful one, those are the ones that get noticed
    and promoted.

  • At my most recent job, I was required to ‘job shadow’ other employees in the office to get a feel for their responsibilities and duties. Along the way, I would take notes since I knew I would need to report back to my supervisor on what I had learned. It was important for me to be able to recall details from these experiences rather than including general statements such as “I have a great appreciation for Jenn’s position” or “I learned a lot about how much work Kelly puts into her position”. Being able to recall specific details due to my note taking skills was evidence of how interested I was during the job shadowing and how serious I took this task. My supervisor was very impressed and actually learned a few things about the positions that she was not aware of!

  • Over the summer, I worked with a very powerful women. On the very first day on the job during orientation, she was giving a presentation as I took notes on my iPhone. Thinking I was texting, she told me to put my phone away, but I told her I wast taking notes. She then told me, “oh, well put your phone away and use paper and a pen.” However, she was impressed, and she let me know after the presentation how impress she was.
    After that she always asked me to do things instead of other employees and trusted me with important tasks. We are now good friends and stay in touch.

  • I enjoy taking notes because I feel confident that any
    questions pertaining to the subject matter, I will adequately be prepared to
    answer them correctly. I think note taking requires practice and an important
    life skill that many people lack. Note taking becomes especially important when
    attending school, but even more pertinent when used in order to further your
    career. I am very glad to know that this unique skill can be utilized in the
    work place and will definitely take this lesson into consideration when
    applying and interviewing for jobs and even after I am employed.

  • I always take notes. It is important to have notes and questions ready before an interview. This way everything is clear and ready to go. I can get every question answered right away. Also during taking notes shows many things. It shows you want to work hard. That you want to make sure you do not forget anything and what the job is about. Notes are the best for remembering things but also shows the person interviewing you that you really want this job. That you want to work hard and do a proper job.

  • This is really important to me because I try and rely on my memory far too long. A few months ago, my supervisor had to talk to me about not asking questions that were already answered. I’ve purchased a notebook and am currently hand writing everything. However, after reading this article, I am going to start transcribing my notes to a Word document.

    This will also make my notes available for my team members who may not be able to attend the meeting, as we do not currently send out minutes. This creates some concern as to what was said and what was meant. Now, I will be able to submit my notes to my supervisor and if I misheard something (I’m a remote agent so a telecommute for meetings and it’s not always clear to understand what was said), he can correct me for accuracy.

  • Over the summer, I interned at an insurance underwriting company in the accounting department. Never before have I fully understood why it is important to taken notes. Not only was there a massive amount of information to remember, but also my notes became back-up proof for why I posted a check the way I did.

    Plus I did not have to bother my boss with countless questions about little things because during training I had been very diligent about note-taking. I strongly agree with this article.

    Too often, I over estimate my recall ability. I think that if I pay close attention, I will remember. This is proved wrong about 95% of the time. Taking notes shows your diligence and overall interest in succeeding.

  • Taking notes during the job searching process is now pretty much second nature to me. Originally, I would have never thought that it was important to take notes about the company or position you are applying for. However, about three years ago I learned exactly how important it is. My current employer offers what is called a mock interview when you receive a invitation to interview for a job. During this process managers sit down with you and ask you a series of questions in an interview type of setting. Afterwards they rate you on the interview and give you suggestions on what you can improve on for the real thing.

    Thanks to the mock interview, I realized that I didn’t know as much about the position I was going for as I thought I did. I wanted the job that I was about to interview for very badly. Therefore, I decided that I should research the position that I was applying for onlinr. Later on that night I sat down with my laptop, notebook paper, and pen and began researching the position I had applied for. I wrote down all the information that I thought was pertinent to the job as well as other things I thought the interviewer might ask. In addition I wrote down questions that I had for the interviewer. once I was done I studied my notes. Note taking not only helped me gain information about the position I was going for, it also put my mind at easy. This really helped decrease my anxiety level during the interview and helped me excel in the interview.

  • I think it depends on a certain person:
    different people like different things (and so do bosses). Taking notes will
    impress most of them, but it doesn’t always mean that you will remember the
    things you wrote down or that you won’t lose those notes…

    Some bosses appreciate a great memory
    more than just taking notes, but not everyone possesses a great memory.

    My
    boss from my previous job liked when everyone took notes.
    The boss that I have
    at the present job likes when his employees keep things in their heads (because
    it is how he does it), but he does not expect everyone to remember and be able
    to do the same things he does, so he does not mind when people take notes.

  • For me, looking for jobs and going to interviews was always such an anxiety filled issue. I always get really nervous that I’m not what the bosses are looking for and I never know what to expect. But after reading these articles about things that I can do to not only make my experience better but to also just show that I can be a great future associate, I feel so much better about going out and looking for a job. Knowing before I go into an interview that it really shows motivation and hard work by taking notes and just showing a big interest, will let me do better and be comfortable going in. Thank you!

  • I totally agree with Jillian. Knowing how to take notes is a very important skills in college as well as in your career. You have to be perspicacious enough to know what information to retain and note on paper. So with the note-taking skill comes discernment. It definitly implies that you can mentally distinguish any information you receive based on their importance. Looking back at your notes will eventually help you in any planning or processing because a good planner knows how to take notes.

    Besides, it always shows that not only are you smart and well-organized but you are interested in what your interlocutor (your supervisor or professor for example) is saying. Like Jillian said, it also prevent you from going back to your supervisor and ask him about something he already talked about!

  • Despite how much credit I gave myself about my memory and my ability to retain information; I still felt compelled to write my information down. Working in the medical field can mean that you will barely have time to sit down and collect yourself. There is a responsibility that each staff member has for each patient, and each patient has a special plan of care that must follow through accordingly each day. My note taking became so important that I was designing my own table on a spreadsheet and making mass copies of them so that I could organize my information in accordance to each patient. I worked as a nursing assistant, and the nurses I worked under relied on all of the nursing assistants to understand the magnitude of care that each patient requires. At the beginning of each shift I was given a detailed report about the patient’s general condition, discharge planning, vital signs, and blood glucose (if necessary). It was my experience working in a hospital that taught me the importance of note taking. One mistake in my note taking could cause a domino effect with my report back to the nurse I was working directly under. Each observation I wrote down along with the numbers associated with vital signs and intake/output would be the key indicator for the nurses and doctors with determining the status of a patient’s condition.

  • I always take notes when ever I’m in a meeting type atmosphere. A lot of times I find myself writing notes about myself, from myself, to myself; in order to help “my self,” remember what I talked about. I know that sounds a bit crazy; but you’ll quite pleasantly surprised how this works.
    You can not always refer to those notes though, because I am a Music Director who works not only with 5 active, working and performing bands as well as for my church. Now, where you may ask; “where are the notes doing me any good?” Well, every where, everytime, and all the time. People say to me all the time, “why do you write so much?” And my response to them? “It helps keeps me and the 15 other people I deal with paid!”
    You can’t go through life thinking your mind is always going to be like a steel trap. That’s why I take this motto; “Don’t just think it; ink it……!” And you’ll see that a lot of the busy aspects of your, life, job, relaxtion time, and even your sleep will be less hectic if you just… “write it down, and follow what you’ve written.”

  • I think taking notes is especially important in outlining your goals and accomplishments for each work day. In my organic chemistry research, I had to go into the lab every day with a list of goals to accomplish. At weekly meetings with my lab group, I could go over each day and how I used it to move the research forward. It’s also nice to have a record of what I’ve accomplished so I know what I’m contributing, the impact of the contribution, and how to improve my contribution as the research progresses. Whether its advice from the lab members or a task from my professor, I find that writing things down helps me remember and stay organized.

  • I started a new job this past semester. I took notes because there was lots to remember. It has been a valuable resource to look bak upon instead of constantly having to ask the same questions. Notes taking shows that a person is serious about learning their job and wants to remember all of the important parts of it.

  • While I worked for my student newspaper, I worked as a copy editor and was one of the final people to review the newspaper before publication. As a copy editor, it was my job to read through materials carefully and entirely, or the editor-in-chief would have more work to do later on. One thing that I had to understand was AP style instead of MLA, which is more common with English majors rather than using AP. I had to take in-depth notes of AP style as our copy chief lectured us. Making mistakes in the college’s newspaper would decrease our credibility as a whole, so performing to the best of my ability was pertinent.

  • Taking notes is very important to be taken seriously, as the article states. Even when I interview for jobs, I take note of what the interviewer tells me I need to do to fulfill my job requirements. It shows you respect what the person is saying, and aren’t zoning out while they speak.

    I am a soccer referee, and each year I have to take a recertification class. 95% of what is covered in the class is information I have already learned, I have been doing this for 6 years now. But I still take notes on it to refresh my memory and show the instructor I am paying attention. Usually there are assignors present during these classes, and if they see you really listening they are more likely to assign you more games. So it is important to be professional and pay attention because you never know who’s watching!

  • Even though I joined a group project meeting during my first week of employment, I attended with enthusiasm, attentiveness, and eagerness. Those traits were reflected upon my performance review as someone willing to join and contribute to the work immediately since I showed willingness to listen, question, and takes notes on topics during the meeting. A simple nodding of the head or eye contact during meetings in addition to taking notes show bosses that the employee is on board and defines your importance in the boss’ perspective. Taking notes are key that the person cares to consider details even though the project had not been fully disclosed in depth. Taking notes signifies a promise in the person that he or she is ready to take control of the job opportunity during its inchoate stages of training and introductions.

  • I believe that taking notes shows that you’re actually considerate and mindful of what your superiors or colleagues are uttering. I’ve noticed in some of my classes of mind that the professors seem to point out the students that aren’t taking notes as the ones that assume they know it all, but don’t expect them to perform highly on the exams. One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned since being in college is despite how much you read through the textbook and remember the information, there’s always something they leave out and the professors covers in it in their notes which can be essential, especially regarding classes where calculations consists of the majority of the material covered in the exam.

  • All through middle and high school, my peers would tease me for being so organized and keeping a daily planner and literally note every aspect of my life…Tuesday 4:00pm – 8:00pm Dance Class, 8:30pm – 10:00pm Homework/Study, but I always had a method to my madness. I takes more focus to write something down than it does to make a “mental note,” and writing things down also insures that said “mental note” is remembered. Also, I find that when I write down things I need to do, my life is generally less chaotic because I don’t have force myself to remember everything at one time. Now, with so many devices that make note taking easy and convenient everyone should be able to be a master note taker!

    Even in the midst of some teasing, I always had the last laugh. Whenever some one was absent from class, I was the “go to person” for notes. Unfortunately for me, this favor was not always returned, so I never wanted to be absent from class!

    The skill of taking good notes has served me well even in college, and upon receiving an internship with a judge. At any given time the judge would have me take notes on telephone conversations with attorneys so that she could remember what transpired off the court records, which is very important for judges with large court dockets.

  • Reading this article made me think about my last job where I carried around a small notepad and was taking notes all the time. I wrote down things that customers or my boss said and jotted down a daily to-do list. Using a notepad helped me work more efficiently, especially because my boss was “scatterbrained” and would just rattle off what she wanted me to do. It helped me keep track of the random things that she asked me to take care of. I didn’t have to worry about forgetting what someone said or forgetting to do a task because it was all in my notebook. I wrote down instructions to help me do tasks I didn’t do that often and kept a list of important phone numbers so I didn’t have to search for them every time I needed to use them. My job was a fast paced, low tech job so I didn’t take electronic notes, but even paper notes were very helpful.

  • My future career plan is to become an elementary teacher. I have just started substituting in hopes of starting a good foundation with teachers and the principal at this particular school but for the most part it is for experience.

    Since I started substituting my eyes have opened to so many things, so I can see how taking notes can be extremely essential. I started taking notes just out of habit to help myself remember key things; morning duty and dismissal duty, so forth. When you’re in charge of others especially children, being responsible is imperative and there should be no room for error.

    I have seen first hand how note taking comes in handy, helps the memory, makes one look responsible and shows how an individual takes initiative. A few of the things I take notes on are of course bell schedules at the different schools I substitute at, students behavior throughout the day, number of times a student leaves to the restroom, and various topics I feel need to be addressed such as if I notice a student struggles in a particular area.

    As an adult I never want to be caught off guard and looking unsure about myself or my job responsibilities. I keep a small notepad with me at all times that contains notes I have jotted down and look to them to ensure me of something or give me a heads up about something coming up.

    I absolutely agree with the advice given and look to it for guidance and how it can benefit my life and especially my career.

  • I think that taking notes is an underestimated skill. I suppose you could say my first “real” job was a supervisor at a community center in a military installation. We had slots, a restaurant, a bar, and a ballroom for military events. I was quite nervous about everything I had to learn, particularly with the slots because we had our own cash cage and did counts and organizing at the beginning and end of every shift. This may not seem like much to you, but consider my previous job was cleaning tables at a restaurant.

    During my couple days of training, I always carried a notepad and paper with me and jotted down important details as my boss explained the procedures (it is especially important to know proper procedures when it comes to the military and money, trust me). She mentioned to me the very first day how impressed she was that I was taking the time to write down what she said. We had a solid working relationship from that point.

    I think what I take most from this article is numbers 5 and 6. It is vital to show appreciation for the time of the person who is training you, in combination with showing your boss and/or trainer that you are committed to doing a great job and getting it right.

  • From what I have gathered during the jobs I’ve had, especially for a startup company, this article is absolutely true. When I took a year off of school to work a tech startup, I was unused to the fast pace and expected ability to absorb information and expand upon it. As an employee, I was expected to be an authority on what I was doing and to give advice on how to improve. You had more freedom as well as more responsibility.

    It took me a few weeks to understand that I needed to retain my on-the-job information. Notes were the solution to my problem, so I bought a notebook and began to jot down my thoughts. Eventually, I had cataloged my job and made it easy for myself to go back and review notes. My boss began to notice and praised me in the next meeting for my attentiveness. Subsequently, I made a few improvements to our in-office database which earned me employee of the month.

    I can honestly say that this was due to the fact I learned to take notes and hold myself to a high standard.

  • When I started my first job I was extremely nervous. Even though it was just a beginning to earn some money for college, I felt the pressure to prove my worth. I was significantly younger than all the other workers, which made me feel like I would not be taken seriously. In our first staff meeting I brought a notebook and pencil to take notes. Like suggested in the advice above, taking notes made me look more professional as well as gave me something to look back to for future reference.

  • This is so true and helpful. In my current internship, we always receive notes about the previous meeting. Instead of having to look over to see what I missed out on, I can compare and add things from what I wrote to what is listed. It’s a great feeling knowing that I’m organized and my supervisors can see that I’m working hard to be professional.

  • This lesson is applicable to every profession; it is even applicable to my job as a secretary at a real estate office. I started working at the office in the summer of my junior year in high school to cover for the regular secretary when she was on the field several days of the week. I was not ready for the fast pace and adaptiveness needed for the job. I would always get rolled eyes and deep sighs of irritation from the experienced workers at the office when I forgot basic information critical to the job. I would ask three or four times and constantly apologize, and I was not receiving much respect because I was so dependent on their skills. I caught on that to be respected I would need to be independent, so I started writing on Post-It notes the basic procedures and information that I would need constantly and stuck them underneath the computer screen. Within a few days, I began to notice that my coworkers were beginning to become less irritated with the amateur that I was.

    I realized that instead of writing the messages that were left for my boss and coworkers down, it would be much easier to put the reminders and memos onto the company data base, where majority of the workers were already on. Eventually I began working as efficiently as the original secretary, so my presence in her absence was not becoming a burden to the company as it once was. Taking notes was crucial to the success I had when I was working at the office. It gained me respect and helped me stand out.

  • This is actually really helpful. I recently started working at at restaurant/sports bar and since I’m only 18 I’m by far the youngest person there. Since I’ve never had a job before that I could feel my co-workers starting to get annoyed with me. And since there was a new thing that I had to learn everyday I got a little overwhelming a first. I wish I had found this when I was learning how to use the computers.

  • This is great information for me to have. I actually have a lot of problems with communicating effectively with my boss because she isn’t always clear on what she wants but I feel like if I ask her a question or to repeat herself then she doesn’t see me as the hard worker that I can be. I also think this is great to have for later on when I get a job in the career that I really want that way my boss knows that he/she can rely on me to have the information later on.

  • Taking notes is very important to being a reliable and constantly improving employee. Taking notes shows that you are dedicated to your work and that no one can prove you wrong on any topic because you have your notes to back up what you say. You stay updated on events and if you do forget you have something to fall back on.

  • I think that this is a great lesson for everyone. This lesson of note-taking on the job is broad and can be used for any profession. This is something that can really apply to my job and that I am going to start doing. I work as a pharmacy technician and while I am always moving around from many different stations during my shift. There is always a lot to know and a lot to learn. To improve my skills at work, I can carry a small notepad in the pocket of my scrubs. I am relatively new at this job and I have asked several questions more than once. This would help me so much and I definitely wouldn’t have to ask any question for a second time.

    I agree that this would also help me show my professionalism to my boss. My boss would see me as a more serious person. This would help me a lot because I am the youngest at my work and I need to prove that I am very professional. I also agree that this would help make me stand out compared to my co-workers. I work for a large corporation and a lot of changes are happening right now and some of my co-workers hours have been cut. These changes at work are just more of a sign that I really need to prove myself to my boss. I need to show my boss that I am dedicated, hard working, and professional. I think that the tips above are all great ways to help me do that! Thank you for sharing.

  • This is one great piece of advice. I can not stress how much this has helped me at my job. It is great when my other coworkers or my boss ask me something, and I know exactly what I am talking about because I had written it down when they first mentioned it. My boss has mentioned multiple times how he appreciates the notes that I take for him when he is with a client or on the phone, and that it saves him so much time. He has also told me that I have become a great asset to the company, and that I am welcome to stay with them as long as I want. I must admit that I already do some of the tips and tricks stated in this guide, and I think this is why I have been able to prove myself as a hard working and irreplaceable worker.

  • This lesson is very important – even if you’re not a secretary! I work in a college admission office, and there are many times that students or prospective students will call with questions or complaints that I need to pass on to another staff member. It’s easy to forget what the question was!

    Also, sometimes student will call and argue about legal matters, and sometimes it all boils down to who said what in the admissions office. If you’ve taken good notes and saved them electronically, it makes solving a problem like that a lot easier!

    Taking notes also really does show your boss that you care about the job. It’s easy to show up to work everyday, but showing your boss that you’re willing to take the time to learn and invest in your work is really valuable. Great lesson!

  • Note taking is highly important regardless of what field you go to work in, even in retail and restaurant. I know that I constantly have to take notes in order to make sure I remember things at where I work.

  • Who knew that the note-taking skills teachers tried to force on us in sixth grade history class would end up being such an essential component of “working smart”? Having read through all of the topics of this post, this one on note-taking resonates with me the most–especially since I took notes on each of the topics before deciding which one to write about.

    Last summer I interned at a digital advertising agency, where I sat in on numerous brainstorming and staff meetings with anywhere from four to forty people. While everyone had their laptops open to either research information or distract themselves, I had a notebook open and a pen in my hand. Trying my best to follow along with what different people added to the conversations, much of the marketing jargon and references to previously-begun projects went over my head. That’s where my notebook came in handy. I took copious notes at these meetings, scribbling down unfamiliar terms along with important ideas, just for myself to look over later.

    Little did I know that one of my coworkers would ask me to email him my notes so that he could keep track of what had happened at the meeting! I sent my notes in an email to him a few minutes later, and to my delight he was impressed by the thorough and detailed nature of my notes. Having had this experience, I can whole-heartedly attest to the moral of this lesson. Employers want to see not only that you can sit still at a meeting without relying on your laptop to keep you awake, but that you can actually pay attention and benefit from the information given to you.

    Want to be taken seriously? Take notes!

  • I am a very diligent note-taker. My job can be very chaotic. I constantly have 5 or 6 things going on at once, and I love it. This is how I thrive in the workplace. However, if I didn’t take notes the stress would leave me lost! My notes that I keep on my phone have saved me in several situations with various bosses. I like being the one my bosses know they can come to for information or requests and know that I will deliver.

  • Most of the when it come job search procedure, I remember
    always to take not because it is important in a person life especially in a
    work place. It is nice to take note because you can go back and look you’re to
    remind yourself of the thing your boss had said. Before I even attend the interview, I research
    the company online and take notes about their mission, headquarters, customers
    they serve, management, and history. So that I can know how I will say when my
    boss asked me a question. .During the interview, I take record with my phone
    and later I rewrite on a paper. So that in order t still makes sure to give the
    interviewee plenty of eye contact.

  • This article seems to teach that the note taking you learn to do so diligently in school is just as useful in the work place. Thus, it is best to pick up on what people say and note it down because it is unlikely you will remember after too long. It will also make you stand out to your boss more because you are dedicated to your job and won’t have to bother them for things that have already been discussed.

  • I worked at a law office a few months ago and there were many times where I had to sit in at meetings to take notes for the lawyer. There were numerous times where my notes came in handy for him. There was once a client of his who was discussing the terms for his will and testament. The client was throwing around a bunch of names that were to be added to the will and gain certain rights and responsibilities after his death. The lawyer actually got frustrated because he could not keep the names straight in his head. He had to refer to me many times during and after the meeting to make sure he was getting the correct information down in the will. If it was not for my note taking in the session, who knows how that document could have turned out.

  • This article serves as a great reminder to myself of the persistence I had to muster to achieve my childhood dream of playing collegiate football. During my senior year of high school, I still hadn’t received any scholarship offers to play football while pursuing a college education, so I took it upon myself to reach out to coaches at colleges and universities that offered a great education as well as the possibility to play college football for the school. I needed to take notes on what coaches I had already emailed and called as well as what was discussed in those emails and phone calls. Without those notes, I’d be asking the same questions and discussing the same topics which would portray that I wasn’t interested enough to remember what was said during the previous conversation.

    As I began to narrow down schools of interest and started to take visits to these schools, I had to start writing down my thoughts on each school to avoid confusion when trying to make a decision on schools. Thanks to my extensive notes, I could look over every phone call, email and notes from visits to truly evaluate a school and what they offered to me in terms of a quality education and the chance to play collegiate football. Then, as I came to a decision on what school I’d attend, I could reassure myself that I had looked over and analyzed and interpreted all of the notes and information from phone calls, emails and campus visits to make a sound decision on my future.

    Its been officially a year and a month since I made that decision, and I couldn’t be happier. The satisfaction in that my notes were so detailed and extensive allowed me to rest easy in the fact that I took in all of the information and made the best decision for myself and my future goals. If you’re serious about what you want, you’ll take notes so that you don’t forget any information. Take notes because you never what opportunities lie ahead in life, so it is best to prepare. Take notes!

  • i have to say weather it’s 9on the job in school or at home taking notes is must in today society to keep up. some time’s it’s the little things that make all the difference. 🙂

  • I have taken notes in school and at work for as long as I can remember. In class, there is so much to learn in so little time that it is near impossible to remember everything. I take notes by hand so I can retain the information in three different forms: hearing it from the professor, writing it down, and reviewing what I have written while studying. I find that each and every time I do this, my grades have been considerably better than my friends who sit around in class and don’t take notes.

    I have had three different jobs during my high school/college career and every time I started training, there were several procedures each company expected their employees to complete. These include the process of selling, cashier duty, and closing up shop at the end of the day. On my first day of training I always write down each step that I am taught so I can retain the information and review it if I forget how to do something. Taking notes has never failed me before, so I am determined to take notes in the workplace when I have my first real job.

  • When I first came into the professional world some years ago I completely underestimated the importance of notes. I had a rough start because there were little things that I had let fall through the cracks simply because I was not writing enough things down. I had to come to the realization that I’m a human and will forget things, therefore to play things safe must keep diligent and well organized notes.

  • I used to come home from school with graphite smeared all over the heel of my hand. My third finger had a permanent lump at the first knuckle from where my pencil rested as I scribbled. I took the most detailed notes out of anyone I knew. I was a scrawny kid with glasses who fulfilled the nerdy stereotype and who was laughed at more than once for this habit, but I’m glad I didn’t let it get to me. It didn’t bother any of my bosses after high school either.

    I believe school is more like any job than most people tend to think.

    Having a job, keeping and succeeding in it, is very similar to being a successful student. At some point during my high school years, my notes served 20 other students from my class, and when word got to the principal, I was sure I was in trouble. Instead, she encouraged the note sharing business.

    It came to a point that my parents had a special budget for copy paper. People got to know me through my notes. They wanted to hang out at first in order to get good grades, but as soon as they got to know me, I became part of a group. For me, a scrawny kid with glasses who fulfilled the nerdy stereotype, it was a blessing. Taking notes showed everyone I was proactive about my studies, and encouraged the quality in others. Taking notes is not just about showing your boss you mean business, but showing your coworkers you mean business.

  • I interned at an industrial furniture company called Cleveland Art for my senior internship in high school. The only problem was that I didn’t work in a comfy office, I worked at their weld shop surrounded by big, buff men. I was one of the only girls that was working there. Since I couldn’t take physical notes, I made sure to take plenty of mental ones. This included my surroundings and how to work the equipment as well as the different techniques used to finish a product. I took my job twice as seriously as the other interns being that I was a female working in a man’s work shop. I wanted to be taken seriously.

    Because I avoided asking the same questions, confidently knew my stuff, demonstrated my professionalism, and separated myself from the pack like the article said, my boss and male coworkers constantly mentioned to me that I was the best intern they ever had. I was eventually the only intern offered a full-time job during the summer and winter break into my freshman year of college. Even now, I still keep in touch with my boss because after finishing my first year of college, my boss has told me that he would like me to come back and work for him again during the summer. This article is definitely spot-on about taking notes at work and I would recommend everyone to heed all of the advice said.

  • Taking notes is something that goes underrated in the work force. It seems almost as if people decide that once they leave college, their days of research are over, which only hurts them, especially when it comes to a riskier job. I worked for a time with in home health services, taking care of in home patients, and each of them had their own specifications and needs.

    Taking notes had even protected someone; while training, we worked in the home of an older woman with Alzheimer’s. I had to take note of all of her dietary needs, numbers, and where the keys to the power grid and basement were. In addition, I took note of her behavior while my coworker explained things to me, and later on recognized the signs of her about to have a fit. If I hadn’t noticed her body language, my coworker and I wouldn’t have been able to keep her from wandering outside onto the icy roads.

  • There is a lot of truth behind what this article has to say. I work for a Brake corporation as a Co-Op for 6-7 months out of the year. I am currently a student at Kettering university studying Chemical engineering.

    Note taking is one of the most crucial parts of my job. When my boss has something that he needs to be done Having notes on what exactly he wants or the customer requires is of the utmost importance.

    About 2 weeks into my Co-Op I was brought into a meeting about a new process for making brake pads. This was the first time taking notes really saved me. In the meeting I wrote down all the data analyzation that would need to be done, where all the files with raw unprocessed data were located, where to find and how to make the prototype brake pads, and had taken note that this report had gone through 4 other people without being finished because of its massive amount of unanalyzed raw data. Turns out this report was my new responsibility!

    I had a lot of work to do! So the first step was to get everything organized to take the report out piece by piece. This had taken about 2 weeks to get everything in the right format and in one spot. I worked a lot of hours on that report.

    A step which could be added to this article and really should be is that you should always read up on your emails taking notes on them to update any other notes you may have. The reason why this is so important is that you may read something in an email and not recognize its importance right away.

    While I was in the middle of working on the process report I was included on an email thread that happened to mention our Global headquarters was interested in this process. The email noted that one of the heads had taken a special interest in the process. So I added this to my own notes about the report.

    Noticing that note, I set my other projects aside and worked solely on that report and had it finished in about a month. Next thing you know the Global Headquarters wanted the report immediately! If i had not taken note that there was some interest on the process I wouldn’t have been done with the report in a month. This means I would’ve been blamed for the late report! Fortunately I had it ready to be signed and sent off just a few days before the request by the Global Headquarters.

    So note taking really led to me keeping my job and impressing others on my quality and quickness of work. I highly suggest if you don’t take notes often to Immediately start!

    Also, If you are a college student and are not Co-Oping or interning, You need to get started so you can learn these crucial parts of being a good employee early and head a jump up on your job competition. You simply do not learn these things in school. Work experience is valued for a serious reason! Do not fall into the trap of waiting til you graduate to start learning about the real working world!