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!).
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.
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?