So you’re super excited that you just got a job offer, after days/weeks/months/years of your job search. Then you find yourself having to deal with the anxiety that comes with planning for your first day at work.
Landing a job is great, but making the right impression and succeeding on the job will definitely put an icing on the cake for you.
Here are some tips that will help you be in your first week:
Ensure you have comfortable clothes and accessories ready and ironed for the first week. Observe the dress code of the staff during the interviews, so you don’t go overboard while trying to impress on your first day at work.
Absorb as much information as you can You would be getting more than enough information during your induction/on-boarding program. This is a very important aspect of your success at work and getting it wrong at this stage may be chaotic. Be a good listener and observe a lot of things. The company culture is something you should pay proper attention to, and ensure you don’t behave like an outcast.
Set expectations It’s easy to get so involved with your tasks or the organization's goals that you lose yourself, which may affect your career. During the first week of integration, understand the company’s goals see how you fit into the goals, then map out a career path for yourself. Document these expectations: including dates; things you want to achieve on the job to enable you to be a top performer and how you plan to do that; skills you hope to gain on the job and the people who would help you gain this skills; mentors you need to identify, that would help you get to your destination.
Beware of the manipulators There is a special category of employees that you need to be mindful of so that you don’t lose your joy even before it started. I call them manipulators. These are the employees that are highly disgruntled and would look for the slightest opportunity to drag you into their cabal. Always keep an open mind and don’t always accept everything they say hook, line, and sinker.
Manipulators complain and make you feel like you made a mistake joining the company since they are looking for an exit. Don’t be confrontational with these people or try to argue with them, because you can never win that battle. Just listen, nod your head, filter the information and move on. Be emotionally intelligent when dealing with them.
I wish you the best on your career journey.
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Following up with an employer after an interview is very important. Not only is it business etiquette, but it also shows that you continue to be interested in the position.
In this quick guide, we give you some do's and don'ts for writing thank you / follow up emails and notes. We also give you some tips on what to do if the employer said they would have a result by a certain date, but miss the date or forget to reach out to you.
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Some good stuff in here - especially if considering career switches.... https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/27/upshot/switching-careers-is-hard-it-doesnt-have-to-be.html?smid=li-share
So I have a somewhat odd situation here and I'm looking for information on how to move forward in life.
Long story short I have a college education and a BA from a good university but I've never been able to use it. Instead I ended up working for a temp agency bouncing around from temporary welding/fabricator job to other job. I graduated at the height of the recession and was unable to find work that was commensurate with a college education. Instead I took blue collar work to make ends meet.
Then health issues intervened (and not on my behalf). After a very, very long time trying to figure out what was wrong I finally submitted to a battery of tests my doctor wanted and ended up diagnosed with diabetes. Dealing with that largely look over my life due to the specifics of the situation. Now that those things are under control I'm back in the job market for full time, college graduate type work but I'm so far in over my head that I feel like I just graduated Middle School.
None of that really matters but it's decent background information for my question: How does one, these days, go about getting a job commensurate with a college education other than going back to graduate school? The truth is that I'm really not sure I can afford to go to graduate school at this point because my wife is in a pre-vet program which is pretty darn expensive and, well, life in Colorado is too.
My college basically used it's name to get people jobs and that worked until the "Great Recession" now, I'm eight years out from graduation with basically nothing to show for graduating college and I feel like I'm spinning my wheels because I really don't "get" a lot of the job advertisements I see. I don't understand how you're supposed to get experience with a lot of this stuff and have no idea what most of these job postings mean.
So, I guess the question is this: How does one move forward in such a situation? A lot of the stuff on the internet is just clickbait, a number of the "job companies" I've used are just taking my money and offering me minimum wage jobs... I feel like I'm stuck. How does someone even get decent career advice without getting ripped off? Can some people recommend ways to comb through job sites and offers without spending time on worthless nonsense and scams?
I'm working on a graduate entrance exam at this point but I really don't know how useful that is. I mean, at this point is it worth $80K more debt for another degree? Are "headhunters" the answer? Are there actual companies that will work with you to find decent, non-temporary, employment? How does one even start this process without falling prey to scams?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks guys.