And a few resources for finding answers.
Everyone has heard that there is no such thing as a dumb question.
If one person is wondering about something, there must be other people unsure about the same thing, right? But most of us have questions we hesitate to ask, especially when we want to look confident—like at the start of a new job!
For transition students, employment is one area where everyone has a lot of questions. Whether you are exploring different work experiences or starting your first paid job, there is a lot to learn. That means finding answers to questions—including the ones that you worried might sound dumb (even though you know there is no such thing).
Transition teachers and youth transition specialists are always great resources for employment questions. When your team of support professionals is not available, you might do some research online. If so, be sure to use trustworthy websites to find valid information. TheBalanceCareer.com and CareerToolbelt.com are two examples of helpful resources for employment questions.
Here are four questions everyone may ask at some point in their employment journey, along with links to find more information.
What questions should I ask during an interview to know if the job is a good fit?
Interviews are mostly a time for employers to ask the questions, but at some point they’ll offer a chance to ask about the company and expectations for this position. Learn more about answering and asking interview questions (and learn which questions NOT to ask during an interview).
I like my job, but I don’t think I am paid fairly. How do I ask my boss for a raise?
Talking about wages and benefits can be an uncomfortable conversation—but feeling underpaid is even more stressful. What if you learn that co-workers earn more than you? There may be good reasons for that, but you have the right to address the issue of equal pay. And if you’ve earned a pay increase, learn how to approach your supervisor to ask for a raise.
Someone at my job is bothering me. What should I do about that?
Harassment at work is never okay or funny. If a workplace begins to feel unsafe or hostile, no employee has to accept what is happening. Sexual harassment may be the most well-known form of offensive behavior, but harassment can range from bullying comments to unfair treatment because of race, religion, gender, or disability. Learn what to do if you experience a hostile work environment. If the harassment is from the top, learn how to recognize inappropriate actions from supervisors.
I heard about another job I might like better. How should I make that change?
When new opportunities come up, leaving one company to join another can be tricky. Maybe a different job offers better pay, or a better schedule, or more interesting duties. Learn how to watch for your next step up the ladder of success. When you do accept a new job, learn how to make that change in employment happen in a positive manner.