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Start out a superstar at your new job. Use my tips to ensure a smooth transition into the workforce. New college grad or a seasoned work vet; these tips are sure to help you out.
Boost Your Confidence.
First impressions are always the most important. You have to feel your best when you are being introduced to your future colleagues . Checklist: facial, haircut, massage, nail appointment… get these out of the way. Of course, I recommend a DIY facial and doing your own nails to save money… however, don’t beat yourself up and splurge if you can afford it, after all it’s an investment in your future.
Clean up your social media.
As a professional, all your social media outlets should be on lockdown. We are in the age of technology and employers are going to try and gather as much information about you as possible. Employers will even spy on your social media after you’re hired. There have been many cases of people getting fired for company defamation on Facebook. Before you even begin your job search, you should make sure that your social media is clean and professional. Take all those party pictures down! They aren’t going to paint a pretty picture.
Know the Company
Ok, you already got the job. BUT research the company you are working at. Spend 5 minutes on the company’s website. Get more familiar with it’s value proposition statement, the core values and future goals. This information pops up all the time! Your manager will be impressed that you are aware of what the company stands for and it’s objectives.
Bring Your Identification
If you haven’t already completed your new hire paperwork, be sure and bring two forms of ID to work the first day. You can also bring a passport. Companies are required to submit an I-9 to the state within 3 days of employment to prove that you are legally allowed to work in the U.S.
Bring a pack with the essentials for your first couple of days! Mine includes: water bottle, granola bars, multiple pens, lunch, a notebook, a toothbrush, nail file, cash and a credit card. Should you walk into the building and find everything neat and laid out for you, I would consider it a miracle. Often times your first day is exhausting and confusing. Shuffle here and there, from space to space and person to person. People give you lots of things to fill out and random places to be. It can feel overwhelming. Keep it together with your survival pack. Grab a granola bar, even in the bathroom if you have to. Even if you brought your lunch, go out to eat with coworkers . The first week is just about being prepared and flexible.
No one really knows how much you ‘know’.
When someone first meets you, they don’t ‘know’ what your knowledge level is. If the first thing you say to someone is “omg, I’m so nervous this is my first job!” Boom!…that’s how they will forever think of you. Try to keep your cool. Anyone checking you out is only wondering where you came from, and probably where you got your blouse lol. That’s it. No one knows you are a ball of nerves… unless you tell them.
Keep your colleagues in a ‘work box’
We all make friends, it’s natural. However, I would take your time to observe the current office dynamic before you try to find your work bestie . You never know who is in line for the next promotion. You don’t know if you are talking to your bosses’ relative, boyfriend or rival . Maintain professionalism at all times around your co-workers. You will have plenty of time in the future to find someone you click with. Be patient and don’t paint yourself into a corner.
Find out the Dress Code
During your orientation, HR should provide you with a ‘New Hire Handbook’ . *Black leggings are not pants or work clothes!!* As a professional, it baffles me as to why some people have deemed leggings ‘workwear’. It’s a No-No…don’t go there… especially not your first week…rant done…. Ok Ok done 🙂
On Sunday nights, pull five outfits and grab everything needed to complete that outfit including accessories and shoes. This should definitely be a weekly habit. I still waste so much time in the morning trying to figure out what to wear, I need to stick to this one myself as the weekend gets away from me.
Sit down with your new boss to discuss expectations.
This is quid pro quo for your first week of employment. Your training will be discussed, as well as timelines for success. Chances are you will be directly linked with a more experienced co-worker to learn the ropes. You entered a well oiled machine, you’re not the first employee they hired. Have confidence in their process, and timelines. You were hired because your manager has confidence that you will succeed! Within the first week of employment, your direct manager will more than likely try to sit down and have lunch with you. If you have any questions about what your responsibilities are or will be, now is your time to speak up! Your manager will appreciate your willingness to learn and your eagerness to succeed.
Well…. be the ‘professional’ version of you. We spend 40 hours at work. That’s more time than we get at home with our families. Be aware of your own happiness. Maybe you are already on your 3rd week and you are thinking “this isn’t the place for me”. That’s ok too! Keep your eyes open for more happiness and opportunity. The worst thing you can do for your career, and your sanity, is to stick with a job because you think you have to.
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Have you recently started a new job? I’d love to hear how your first week went.
Always remember your worth and be proud of what you have to offer. It is very hard to find great employees and your new boss will be grateful to have an efficient, conscientious addition to their team. It’s normal to feel anxious at first, but with communication you will soon feel comfortable and confident.