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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
Congratulations are certainly in order! I hope that you landed your dream job! Now that you have a start date, where and what have you been putting off? Has it been forever since you’ve gotten a haircut? Time to polish yourself up in order to feel super confident for your first week at work. Set a precedent for your appearance and your work ethic.
First impressions are always the most important. You have to feel your best when you’re to your future colleagues . Checklist: facial, haircut, massage, and 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 need to be on lockdown. We are in the age of technology and employers are going to try to 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 its 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 will 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 🙂
There are some REALLY comfortable, very professional, options for you. You might not be aware but, chances are, most of your ‘satin-y’ or silky shirts are actually affordable polyester. You can find blouses on sale all the time. Snag some basic colors and some floral. The color combinations are endless. Usually, a polyester blouse will be flouncy and loose which makes it fit perfectly under a blazer. More importantly, you will have freedom of movement! Tailored button downs have their place, but make sure you are comfortable!
If your work day entails walking of any kind, then wedges are where it’s at! Cute, comfortable shoes will unknowingly facilitate more movement on a day to day basis. You should be getting up and walking around every hour to keep everything circulating correctly. If you insist on some skyscraper shoes, make sure to stash a pair of sneakers or slippers under your desk. Your feet will forever be grateful.
Get a work bag to haul your necessities! I had a train commute, so my zippered tote was a life saver! Have a designated work bag to keep yourself organized. A large tote will allow you to bring water, lunch and anything else you need without having to juggle 3-4 different bags.
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 standard 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.