Checklist: Your First Day on the Job

Congratulations on landing the job! What a huge stress off your shoulders. Now you have to figure out how everything works. Although you may get a quick tour around the office and you know where your desk is, sometimes the little things get overlooked and 2 months down the line you may feel like a fool asking for the number to IT. Get prepared with what I think are the top 10 things you should identify within the first week you are at the new job:

  1. Where’s the closest restroom?
  2. Where do I store my lunch?
  3. Where do I eat lunch?
  4. How do I get in contact with IT&S?
  5. How do I get in contact with facilities/maintenance?
  6. Where/how do I use the printer/copier?
  7. How do I find someone’s extension if I need to contact them?
  8. Where are the meeting rooms?
  9. Do you put everything on the calendar or are there more spontaneous meetings/calls?
  10. Where are the office supplies? How do I order office supplies?

I’m sure you’re staring at the list thinking how basic it is, but you would be surprised how much can be missed on your first day. There is a lot going on, between HR related paperwork and orientation and walking around the office getting introduced to everyone, the little things are often times missed. be smart– stay sharp– ask these simple questions to be prepared!

What first day questions do you wish you would have asked? What are some common things that you forget to tell the new people on day one?

Oh, and P.S. You may want to work on a 30 second elevator speech about where you’ve come from and what you’ll be doing, because let’s face it– as you’re walking around meeting all of these new people, they’re all going to be asking that question. If you don’t know what an elevator speech is, you’re in luck because that’ll be coming up soon!

Work While In College

HOORAY! First and foremost, thank you so much for stopping by my site. I am beyond excited to finally launch my resume creation and career development business & blog. This has been a dream of mine that I’ve been sitting on for a long time. A passion that has finally come to fruition. And I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support.

As one of my first posts, I want to share some wise wisdom with you, especially if you are still in college. Are you ready for this? This will be mind boggling…. you need to be working while you’re studying.

I know, I know… it seems silly to think that you have to work and study at the same time, but I promise you that it will only come in handy once you graduate and are out on your own. Working while you’re in college doesn’t only provide you additional income, but it also gives you something that money can’t: experience.

It’s a tough world out there. You will have a lot of education (and loans!) when you’re out of college, but there won’t be as many jobs available to you. You’ll be competing with people with more experience than you for the same jobs. I won’t sugar coat this: you’ll be backed into a corner and scratching your head because companies won’t hire you due to not having enough experience, but you need them to hire you so that you can get that experience. So, how do you get that experience if they won’t hire you? Well, here are 5 easy tips you can follow to get that experience while still in college:

  1. Work in the industry that you are most interested in getting into. Just be honest with yourself: you won’t start at the top. You won’t be anywhere near the top, but you will be in the industry gaining that experience you’ll need to keep going.
  2. Realize that you are NOT too good for an entry level position. Additionally, starting in an entry level position while in college will also give you a slight upper hand out of college because you may become qualified for the next step.
  3. Apply for Work-Study programs. It’s a great place to get work while on Federal Assistance, get experience, and network! One of the best things you can do is network with associates not just in the career path that you are interested in, but also those outside of it as well. You never know when those paths will cross.
  4. Get an internship. Even if  you don’t get credit for it or it’s unpaid, you are still gaining valuable experience and establishing strong networks (which I talk about in my last note below). Internships give you a small glimpse into the world that you are interested in being a part of. Even if you get an unpaid one, it will still be worth it (believe me, I’ve had to do that before). In addition to the on-the-job skills you learn, you will also learn incredible skills on how to budget your money and manage your time more effectively.
  5. Network. Any person you come in contact has the potential to be the key to getting your job. It can be a friend of a friend’s, someone you met at your local religious group, or a group of people who share the same passions and hobbies. It doesn’t matter who or where you meet these people, but establishing that network and tie with them will help you gain employment in the future.

I don’t give you these 5 tips because that’s what the research and professional articles suggest… I give you these tips because these are tried and true concepts that have worked for many people I know, including myself.

Now tell me, what is it that you want to do when you graduate? And, what are you doing now to gain the experience for that job? And for those who have already graduated: How many times did you change your degree plan? What was it like getting your first job out of college?