If you’ve ever seen the look on somebody’s face the day they finally get a job, I’ve had some experience with this, they look like they could fly. And its not about the paycheck, it’s about respect, it’s about looking in the mirror and knowing that you’ve done something valuable with your day. And if one person could start to feel this way, and then another person, and then another person, soon all these other problems may not seem so impossible. You don’t really know how much you can do until you, stand up and decide to try. – Kevin Kline, “Dave” 1993
Those of you who have read my blog for any length of time, and, by the way, thank you for that, know that I have spent the past 5 months in search of meaningful employment.
Last Wednesday, my search ended, as I was hired for the position of Sales Manager at Candlewood Suites-Memphis.
When the shock wore off, I said to myself,
Okay, Self. What now? How do I handle myself on the first day at my new job?
Being the analytical type of person that I am, I decided to go to the World Wide Web to find the answers to that question, which I would like to share with you.
Here are some tips from Holly Paul, PricewaterhouseCooper’s U.S. recruiting leader, courtesy of usnews.money.com. ( The list of methods is the author’s. The analysis and any smart alack remarks which may pop up are mine.)
1. Time your arrival on the first day.
Paul suggests: “Arrive early, but not too early, to demonstrate responsibility and passion.”
Just like you arrived at job interviews 15 minutes early, in order to give a good first impression, that’s a good idea for your first day on your new job too.
Getting there early allows you to get yourself together before you take off on your new adventure.
2. Think about your wardrobe.
Take out what you want to wear on your first day, the night before.
Of course, by this time you should know what the dress rules are for the office.
Dress professionally and always dress in good taste.
Your appearance says a lot about you. Dress to impress, not to “shock and awe”.
3. Step up your company research.
Since you landed the job, you probably already conducted some due diligence, and you have a basic knowledge of what the company is about and what their core values are. Since you are about to be working there, it would be a good idea to review the company’s website once more, in order to learn about its mission, lines of business, and culture from the viewpoint of an employee.
Additionally, there may be some LinkedIn and Facebook groups for employees and some professional groups your co-workers may go to.
This is a great way to network and to keep up with what is going on in your field..
4. Practice introducing yourself.
I know that it sounds corny, but direct eye contact and a firm handshake will demonstrate the you are a go-getter with self-confidence.
Remember how smooth you were in your job interview? Carry that same suave demeanor and stylish professionalism into your new position and you will do well.
Just don’t be like Tim Matheson in “Animal House”:
I’m Otter…Rush Chairman…D@#n glad to meet you!
5. Ask questions.
…Not just because you are expected to.
The best questions will show that you are genuinely interested in learning the daily procedures involved with your new position.
Just don’t be like my 6 year-old grandson…
Why?Why?Why?Why?Why?Why? (I kid.)
6. Show what you know.
Look for ways to professionally “show off” your skills and knowledge.
Be humble. Approach the situation like, “Have you ever tried…?”
7. Communicate professionally.
Don’t speak to your new boss, like you do to the guys you watching football with on the weekends. be mindful of your diction. Enunciate clearly, but do not speak in a stilted manner, like “Joshua”, the computer from the 1983 movie, “WarGames”.
Greetings, Professor Falken. Shall we play a game?
8. Share your passions.
The best part of who you are, as a professional, includes knowing and being able to articulate who you are and what’s important to you, in other words, your values and passions.
While you are sharing your values and passions, your boss just might share theirs with you, as well, enabling you both to know where each other is coming from.
9. Hone those listening skills.
One of the skills which I have had during my professional career, is the ability to listen to clients and interpret what they want from what they say, what they don’t say, and what they imply.
It takes practice to sharpen this skill, but, it will prove invaluable to you, as you strive for a successful career.
Can you hear me now?
10. Take notes.
I used to work at a company where all of the vice-presidents (the owner’s sons) kept a writing journal on their desks. Just a cheap composition book. However, it proved invaluable to them when need arose to remember what happened in the past, in order to move forward into a more profitable future. It also helped when there was a disagreement at to how a certain situation occurred.
Additionally, taking notes helps you to stay organized and keep up with the small details that might escape your memory.
Because no boss wants to hear…
In conclusion, if you are unemployed, and I could give you one piece of advice on landing a job, I would refer you to this profound advice, given by the man known to our nation as “Silent Cal”, because he measured his words very carefully. However, when he opened his mouth, his words spoke volumes…
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan press on has solved and will always solve the problems of the human race. – Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States of America
Never give up. Never surrender.