The first day of work - how to make a good impression?

The first day of work is a huge stress, especially if it is the first work. After years spent in school and college (I started my first real job at the age of 19 and it was not a shock for me) time comes to start working. About that, what to enter in the CV, if you have no professional experience I have already written on the blog. Today, however, about how to make a good first impression on the employer and colleagues.

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First cats for fences, i.e. recruitment passed

If you have already completed the recruitment process, you probably wonder how it will be in your new job. Regardless of whether it is work in a store, office or anywhere else, you will certainly be stressed on the first day (unless you approach life completely at ease, I am jealous!).

new job how to make a good impression

I remember my first job at a hair salon where I worked as a receptionist with quite a lot of fondness. It is true that I had to commute to work by two means of communication for almost an hour and I worked as if not looking much more hours than a full-time job (and the earnings were really poor). However, I still keep in touch with some people who worked there. The work itself was not very difficult. My tasks were mainly: live customer service and telephone support (I greet the customer with 3 cross hair who came just before closing the salon and stunned so that I began to write it faster pretending that the hairdresser has a client after her), making orders, watching over that invoices reach the accountant, as well as counting the whole day's sales, giving tips to hairdressers and selling professional hair cosmetics (to this day I wonder why I didn't have a commission on sales, but I blame it on the errors of youth).

The first day of work - how to dress

Many people wonder how to get dressed for work the first day. First of all, during the recruitment process, find out if your company has a dress code. For example, some companies / positions require wearing white shirts and a black or navy blue skirt of the appropriate length (or black or navy blue fabric pants). A lot of companies are moving away from the dress code, but I still think you can't overdo it. It is unprofessional to come to work in a tracksuit or pajamas (unless it's the Chanel silk pajamas that women once wore to the beach), shorts (this applies to both women and men) or japonkach (it doesn't matter that you go for pedicures regularly). There are certain limits that should not be exceeded.

If your company does not have a rigid dress code, during the first day depending on the time of year works perfectly this set:

  • spring / summer - silk shirt or blouse (it does not have to be white, ideally ivory or blue), black or navy blue cigarillos and black ballerina / oxford / loafers.
  • fall / winter - the same outfit, only shoes changed to flat black boots (there can of course also be high-heeled boots, but not too high) or low-heeled boots (or flat).

A good option will also be a set with jeans, a silk blouse or shirt and a black jacket. Jeans will give this style a little slack. For this, of course, a large bag that will accommodate all the necessary things needed at work.

Punctuality is the basis

A trivial, but very important element of making a good first impression is punctuality. It's best when you are at work (this also applies to the recruitment interview) about 5-10 minutes faster. Do not be too fast, because contrary to appearances, it is not advisable at all. You can only upset your supervisor who is in the process of doing something really important and requiring 100% focus.

Get ready for the first day of work

The first day of work, as I said, is usually stressful - a lot of documentation (remember to bring all the documents you have been asked to bring). I noticed that people starting work do not have the courage on the first day to take a break. In my opinion, this is not entirely good either. Okay, he introduces you as a committed person (normally a titan of work), but on the other hand remember that ...we are just humans. Going to the toilet or eating something will not be perceived negatively. Ask your supervisor how much break you are entitled to. Depending on the company, this is considered individually, although there are of course legal regulations in this matter.

Be polite and if you go to the store, ask if one of your colleagues doesn't want to buy him something. You can also ask for a recommended place to eat something. People who work there longer will definitely have their favorite places and can recommend you something (in some companies there is a tradition of shared meals. Find out if your company has such a rule).

Show commitment and professionalism

It is logical that on the first day (rather) you will not do what others do. There is a long way to go to understand the work system at your workplace, as well as the full range of responsibilities. Don't be afraid to ask! You will show commitment. In addition, it's better to ask a question (even one that seems stupid to you) than to do something wrong and correct it 100 times. If someone has been delegated to train you in your duties, make the most of it. Later, you probably won't have time to ask questions because you'll have to focus on your responsibilities.

During the training, use your knowledge on a given topic to make an impression of a professional and engaged in the work performed. And finally one more important thing - no matter if your first job is not your dream job (and you have a long way to get a perfect position), treat your work not as evil (or only as a possibility to fill your wallet), but as a place in which you can learn something. In a word, approach each job done as if it was your dream job.

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Let me know if you already have your first job behind you and how you remember it. Or maybe your first professional experience is just before you?

Milano Marittima - the perfect place for an Italian holiday

Return from our Italian vacation in Milano Marittima was a hard landing (and it's not about the flight, because it went without complaint). Simply overload of duties overwhelmed us a bit - it was not a gradual switch from "vacation" mode to "everyday life".

If you follow us on Instagram (I encourage you to follow Instagram profile dpblogpl, if you haven't done it yet), you know that before the holidays I was terrified of the weather forecast. According to forecasts, it was supposed to rain all the time. Fortunately, this did not work, only on Friday Italy greeted us with rain, cloudy and quite cold air. Fortunately, already in the evening the weather improved and we could go for a walk around the area. The rest of the days were really sunny and hot, as evidenced by our tan.

This post will be one of four about holidays in Italy. In this article you will learn whether it is worth visiting Milano Marittima, what to see in the area, and where to stay in Mima (Milano Marittima).

Milano Marittima - why did we go there?

A lot of people asked why we went to Milano Marittima - after all, this place is not so popular. Well, this place is very popular among Italians - it is often said that Italians come to this resort from Milan (hence the name of this place). The Adriatic Riviera is characterized by beautiful sandy beaches. In addition, there are many beautiful places around Milano Marittima. Above all, we wanted to take a break from the hustle and everyday life, which we managed one hundred percent. On journey we chose the beginning of September, because after the season there is peace and quiet, as well as a huge amount of greenery (we needed that). September is also a great time for vacation, because the temperatures in Italy are still high (of course, Italians are already wearing jackets), and the number of tourists is much smaller than in July or August.

The town of Milano Marittima itself is not very big, but everyone will find something for themselves. There are many boutiques (also with bags and clothes Chanel, Gucci or Dior).

A few minutes from the Doge Hotel is a beautiful beach promenade, which in the morning served us for morning walks after breakfast, while in the evening for romantic walks by the moonlight.

Hotel Doge in Milano Marittima

O Hotel Doge I could talk for hours. The way we were received exceeded my wildest expectations. But let me start with the fact that the hotel itself is located closer to the town of Cervia (walk about fifteen minutes). Surrounded by beautiful greenery, three pools (two for children and one for adults), as well as a few minutes to the beach relax really wonderful. If you choose, like us, a room with a sea view - every day you will be woken by the sound of the Adriatic Sea and a beautiful view of the countryside, beach and water. I would give a lot to wake up every day and have such a view outside the window.

The hotel has a lot of Italians, which is why we catch the "Italian atmosphere". You will not forget that these are Italian holidays, when the staff greets you with good morning - Buongiorno, and in the evening wish you a good night - Buona notte.

One of the days I will remember for a long time was the Saturday aperitif. Extremely warm evening (in September mornings and evenings in Milano Marittima were quite cool), tasty snacks, a glass of chilled prosseco and live music played by a delightful Italian (at my request he played the melody twice from my favorite film Amelia - I was really touched) .

Food in Italy - what and where to try

A very important point that I could not fail to mention was food. I think we were the only people in the hotel on a plant-based diet, and yet we did not starve (I often hear that in hotels plant diet is something strange). Food at the Doge Hotel exceeded my wildest expectations - we were surprised by creative dishes every day (a few of them below) that not only looked beautiful but were also very tasty.

During our Italian holidays I learned to celebrate meals. In Poland, I often used to eat breakfast or dinner in a few minutes (because something important is to be done), now I try to devote more time to meals. The dish below is a seitan with pineapple, which I feel was marinated in something (insanity!). On the right is sweet and sour sauce, which was the proverbial icing on the cake. It was the best meal we've ever had.

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Having dinner in Italy (the meal was between 19: 30-21: 30), we sometimes spent an hour or more in the hall. And it had nothing to do with the fact that you had to wait a long time for dishes (quite the opposite!). In addition, before the meal there was an aperitif, which consisted mainly of light appetizers or fruit. And if we are already with fruit - you know that I do not like fruit. Well, in Italy they were my main ingredient in breakfast, as well as dessert. I never ate pineapples or figs that I ate at the Doge Hotel. The pineapple was so sweet that it killed all desire for something sweet. Whereas figs ... I could write about them for hours. I never liked figs that I ate in Poland. Today I know that they are simply distasteful. Good figs are very sweet and melt in your mouth. For dessert, we also ate almond cake, which was baked special for us (of course in the vegan version). That was really nice.

In Italy, I also learned to eat a sweet breakfast (this is often practiced there), which was unthinkable before. Of course, even during the holidays I remembered about supplementation - WIMIN PMS he accompanied me every morning during the Italian breakfast.

WIMIN supplements are very convenient because the portion for each day is in separate sachets. In one sachet there are 4 capsules, which we ingest during a meal. The WIMIN supplement sachets are very light, so you avoid excess baggage, even when you go on a two-week vacation 😉

When we spent the day in Milano Marittima, not on an optional trip, during the day on the beach we came to the place where the piadina was sold. This is nothing but a wheat cake with filling. Even here we found the vegan version - with baked eggplant, zucchini and paprika. Of course, Piadina also comes in a meat version and, as we have noticed, the most popular version was the stuffed version from the province of Emilia-Romagna. Piadina is also sold in a sweet version (with chocolate or jam), but we have not tried this version.

Being in Italy you must try gelato, which is real Italian ice cream. Of course, most ice cream is milky, but all fruity is vegan. I don't like sorbets, but Italian fruit ice cream is completely different than sorbets sold in Poland. The ones that can be found in Poland are very watery, while the Italian ones are ... creamy. We ate the best fig ice cream in Florence (around the Chanel boutique). The portion we got was so huge that we couldn't eat them together!

The best snack during a hot day are tomatoes. Italian tomatoes have the taste of those that are the tastiest in summer in Poland - they are very ripe and sweet. Small tomatoes (cherry type) are especially tasty. Instead of unhealthy things, we often ate them.

Differences between pizza in Poland and Italy

In terms of pizza, because many of you have asked about real Italian pizza. The case of pizza looks like in most places it is sold in pieces - it is a thick crust pizza with various stuffing. This type of pizza is even sold in bakeries or supermarkets (seriously, you can buy it everywhere). On average, you will pay 2 euros for a piece of pizza. Traditional pizza, as we know it, can be eaten in restaurants. The best pizza we had was in Florence. I loved the pizza in Ravenna the least, because it was more like a piadi pizza than a traditional one. Piadi pizza is very thin and has very hard edges (it is very difficult to cut). This pizza was also quite ... dry and even very tasty olive oil did not save her.

In Italy, you don't eat pizza with garlic or barbeque sauces (which we are used to in Poland). Instead, high-quality pizzas are topped with oil. Another difference about pizza in Poland and Italy is that the pizza sauce is made from fresh tomatoes. In Poland, it is usually prepared from canned tomatoes or passata.

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In the next article about our Italian holidays you will learn about the nearby towns that are worth visiting while in Milano Marittima.