Make the Right First Impression at Your New Job

November 12th, 2015

The first days at a new job can be terrifying. You don’t know anyone in the office, save for the interviewers, and you don’t know if they’re going to like you or vice versa. Your co-workers, managers, and all the other employees will begin to form their own first impressions in your first days, weeks, and months on the job. So how do you start off on the right foot and be successful in your new position? Let’s take a closer look.

Prepare ahead of time

Your first day doesn’t actually start on your first day. There are a lot of steps you can take prior to the time you arrive. Consider your wardrobe. Do you need to buy anything new? Do you need to make sure your route will work with the morning rush hour traffic so you’re not late? Do you need to re-acclimate your system to waking up earlier in the morning?

Don’t be late

The single most important thing you can do on the first day of a new job is to arrive on time. You can even arrive early, but not too early. (If you do show up really early, you can stay in your car and read your mobile device. If you’re taking public transportation, go for a short walk and give yourself plenty of time to return.) Arriving late for your first day of work you will set the tone for how everyone else in the office will react to you. They will expect that this will become a pattern. Instead, establish the pattern that you’re reliable.

Take notes

Your first days, and weeks, will be a lot of learning. Even if you’ve done a similar job before you’ll need to learn the policies and procedures of your new organization. Don’t forget to bring a small notebook and a pen with you on the first day. Write down the things you learn so you don’t have to ask again in the near future. Once you write them down, look at the notes to help ingrain the new information. Don’t just leave it on the notepad and never revisit it.

Ask questions

But speaking of questions, don’t forget to ask them as you go. If you don’t understand exactly how something is done, clarify before you write down your notes. If you want to know how one step leads to another, ask. There are no stupid questions, but there are better times to ask the questions than others.

Take initiative

Lastly, don’t be afraid to jump in and contribute. As you begin to get comfortable with the tasks at hand, take more responsibility to finish them on your own. But, don’t go full steam ahead without accepting feedback from your co-workers or supervisors. This combination will give you a good chance at success and a great first impression with the company.

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Want Fewer Employees To Call In Sick? Make Them Happy

July 24th, 2015

When an illness makes its way through your office, the effects can be devastating. But what happens when the illness isn’t so much physical as it is mental? Regardless of the policies that you have in place surrounding sick days, you may find that many of your employees are taking them to avoid coming to work rather than to recover from an illness. What is causing this epidemic in today’s workplace? Experts suggest that if you want to curb the misuse of sick days then it is important that you focus on making your employees happy and excited to come to work. Here are some tips you can implement now.

Create wellness initiatives.
If you want to keep your employees happy and engaged, one of the best ways is to offer wellness programs right in the office. Provide tools to reduce overall stress. Offer health screening clinics or vaccination drives to prevent the spread of common viruses like the flu. If employees see that you are making time to consider their health, they will also make time for themselves.

Offer flexible schedules.
If sick days are becoming a problem, rather than instituting a number of new more restrictive rules you can try and make them more relaxed. Many companies are finding that eliminating sick days are actually helping employees by keeping them happier and engaged with the job. If they need to take time off for a sick child or a personal errand, they won’t feel threatened with violations or termination.

Offer work from home options.
Some companies have additional flexibility including the ability to allow employees to work remotely. If this is possible, consider embracing it even for just a day or two a week. Chances are your employee already has the right connectivity from home to be able to handle their duties so give it a try. Remote employment is a great benefit that can be earned, with more trust coming as the employee shows they can be productive from their home office.

Provide incentives for results.
Lastly, another way to ensure that your team is happy and interested in coming to work regularly you should make sure they feel appreciated for the work they do. Create incentive programs to specifically reward your employees for their hard work and results. Presenting those incentives and then rewarding the behavior will really get through to employees and show that management is being serious.

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4 Communication Tips to Follow During a Job Search

May 29th, 2015

Are you communicating effectively to potential employers as you search and interview for jobs? There are definitely right and wrong ways to talk to companies while you’re in the job market. Before your next conversation, consider these four communications tips to help you make the right point and get the right attention.

Be direct and answer the question.

Interviewers can get pretty frustrated with candidates who don’t answer a question directly. When you dance around the issue or fail to understand the basics of the question being asked, it is a huge red flag for the hiring manager. Instead, really pay attention to the question, be direct and give an answer that isn’t all over the place.

Listen and absorb information before answering.

To that point, make sure you really listen to every word that the interviewer says. Don’t think about your response while they’re speaking, this will only lead to misunderstandings. Instead, really listen to what they have to say and absorb the information before responding. It is okay to take a moment or two before answering or say, “That’s a great question. Let me talk through my answer.” This will even give them an insight into your thought process.

Always be honest and genuine.

Honesty is extremely important when it comes to your interview. Exaggerating some of your experiences is one thing, but completely making something up is another. Also, be genuine when answering questions. Don’t just say what you think the interviewer wants to hear. You don’t want to tell them you love working for their type of environment and then hate it after a couple of months. Being honest and genuine throughout the entire process will work out in the long term more often than being dishonest.

Tap into your natural humor.

Finally, if you are a naturally funny person don’t try to hide it by being all business. Express your humor, tell jokes, and lighten the mood. Of course, keep your audience in mind and don’t say anything that would be considered controversial or inappropriate. Companies like to work with people who are fun and can keep things light even when there are challenges. If you aren’t a naturally comedic person, then don’t force jokes or humor. Be natural and see if that behavior makes the company feel like a good fit.

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Networking Best Practices: How To Make Important Industry Connections

April 10th, 2015

Face-to-face networking is an essential skill, even as we become continually more dependent on technology. Getting your next job opportunity may be reliant on the connections you’ve made throughout your career. Online networking makes this process easier, but it isn’t the whole picture. For the best results, you need to focus on all aspects of networking within your industry as well as online. Here are some best practices to help you get your networking experience off on the right foot.

Online Networking Resources

LinkedIn is the clear winner when it comes to developing and maintaining professional connections online. The site is easy to navigate and provides an entire section dedicated to “People you may know.” Use LinkedIn to connect to former co-workers or managers, other professionals in your area, and groups that apply to your interests or skills. Facebook (interaction) and Twitter (information) can also provide some online networking opportunities. Each social media network provides its own strengths and weaknesses.

In-person Networking Resources

With the ease of connecting online, many people often neglect face-to -face networking. Attend local industry events to meet others in your field where you can feel comfortable talking about your professional and personal interests. If you’re nervous about meeting new people, volunteer so you feel useful and that you are helping others. Join a website like MeetUp.com to find others interested in the same industries or who have the same skills. Online groups often facilitate local meetings as well.

Introduce Yourself Everywhere

Networking in person can be more nuanced than clicking a box on LinkedIn. Carry cards with you at all times. Introduce yourself to people you’re standing in line with at the bank. When you’re out at social events, don’t be afraid to talk about what you do. You never know who you will meet and if they might be able to help you. Gaining more practice by talking with new connections will increase your confidence and make you more comfortable in those situations.

Perform Regular Maintenance

Following up is extremely important when it comes to networking. Contacts you don’t see again are useless and result in thousands of business cards piling up in a drawer. Send a thank-you email the day after you’ve met. Share interesting information you’ve found every once in a while. The best way to keep a connection is to provide a service for them. What can you do that would benefit the relationship? Be a connector and facilitate introductions within your network.

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