Since graduation time is upon us and many of you will be starting your first jobs, I wanted to share some advice on how to make a great impression. As a recruiter, I get to hear raw feedback from my clients and over the years, they have provided some great insight on how to ace your first job!
Show Up: Unless you are extremely ill or there is an emergency, you should not be calling out in the first 90 days. If an issue does arise, call your manager to brief them on the situation. It is highly unprofessional to text or email this information. Be sure to connect live and ask for permission to take this time off.
Be punctual: Get to work early or at the very least, on time. If you are running late, be sure to call your manager. Be apologetic and offer to make up the time at the end of the day.
Ask Questions: You are not expected to know everything. Ask as many questions as you can. If your boss or trainer is busy, write all your questions down and go through them at the beginning or end of the day. Asking questions shows that you want to learn and want to succeed in your new role.
Take Notes: If someone is taking time to train you, it is important to write down what they are saying. Write comprehensive, step-by-step notes on processes and protocol. Once you are left to your own devices, you will have your own manual. This shows respect, dedication and eagerness to learn.
Put your cell phone away: Check it at lunch only! You are paid to work; not to text, Snapchat, Facebook or take selfies.
Stay off websites that are not work related: I will repeat, you are paid to work; not to text, Snapchat, Facebook or take selfies.
Work full days: At the end of the day, ask your boss and team if they need anything before you leave. Do not leave without doing so! I hope these tips help you make a great first impression! If you follow these suggestions, you will be on the fast track to success!
by Jaime Laufer