Preparing For Your First Day On The Job
You updated the resume, you filled out piles of job applications, went through an exhausting gauntlet of interviews and finally got the job. Congratulations! It's always a great feeling to know that you have financial and professional security after a stressful job search -- you can finally relax for a bit. But don't forget that this is only the beginning and now you actually have a job to do! In order to make a great impression, you'll need to do some preparation leading up to and on the first day.
Do Your Research
Know the company and your position in and out. You should know these things by the end of the interview process, but do a bit of research as a quick refresher. Feel free to call or email your new bosses or colleagues with questions about the job if you have them. It shows that you take initiative and that you're excited and engaged about your new role. Additionally, look up some best-practices for the position you're taking on to ensure you're up-to-date on the industry standards. You probably have an idea of the company's culture from the interview(s) assuming they were on-site, but if you didn't, try to get to know their culture from their website.
Reevaluate Your Skills
Brush up on skills that will be required for your position. If you've been out of work for a while, you may need to research some industry standards, read up on tools and equipment you'll be using and safety gear. Keep in mind that despite the skills you already possess, the majority of a new job will be a learning experience. Your current skill set and knowledge are foundation, not the end-all-be-all of necessary qualifications.
On The First Day
Come in with an open mind, ready to learn -- ON TIME or, better yet, early. Being punctual is the easiest way to show that you're dependable. Being late is the easiest way to be disrespectful.
Pay close attention to the instructions your superiors give, observe your surroundings and get to know your colleagues and how their roles may require your cooperation. Ask a lot of questions -- it shows enthusiasm, engagement and you'll learn helpful information. Particularly in the labor industry, it's crucial to listen to safety procedures and know the equipment. If you're unsure of something, speak up. It's better to be safe than sorry.
Don't deny lunch offers. If coworkers or bosses ask you to eat with them or go out to a local restaurant, take them up on the offer. What better way to get to know someone more personally than to break bread with them? Showing colleagues that you're personable and sociable early on will make you more of a pleasure to work with.
Take all of this advice into account after you accept your new position and you'll be seen as a valuable employee straight out of the gate. Good luck in your new job (though you probably won't need it)!
Qualities Every Employee Should Have
It's no secret that office jobs and manual labor jobs are vastly different. It's natural, then, that labor employers seek different personality traits and skill sets that differ from traditional white collar workers. If you currently are or are a soon-to-be labor employment candidate, it's important during the resume and interview phases to highlight these qualities:
Any job can be stressful or intense, so it's important to realize what keeps you motivated during crunchtime. Labor positions come with a different type of stress -- they can have long hours or be physically strenuous -- so staying motivated through the entire day is extremely important to an employer. Interviewers might ask you to narrate a difficult project at a past employer and may ask what kept you going through all of it. Is it that you take pride in your work and love seeing tangible fruits of your labor? Is it simply putting food on the table? Your answer matters, so think about why you love your work and let your passion shine through.
Practical Knowledge of Tools and Industry
Depending on the position, certain certifications or licenses may be required. Before you even apply, make sure that you have the correct qualifications -- if you don't, see what it takes to get certified. Even if a job doesn't require any certifications, your knowledge of the trade will be apparent when you're being interviewed, so do your research! Know what tools are most commonly used for the position and know how to use them safely. There will always be some element of on-the-job training, so while sometimes it won't be necessary to be an expert, some base knowledge is always a plus.
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work
Employers need to know that you'll work well with the rest of the team to get your job done. Bringing diplomacy when there are workplace conflicts is an admirable skill to have, so if you have experience in this area, have an anecdote at-the-ready -- a popular interview question is, "when was the last time you had a problem in the workplace and how did you solve it?" If you can showcase that you have creative problem solving skills, you'll be on the fast track to employment.
It can be relatively hard to gauge physical abilities when only sitting face-to-face, but there are some ways you can let your potential employer know that you're able to carry out the job. For example, sometimes an interviewer will ask about your personal hobbies to get a sense of your personality. Mention something that indicates you're physically capable of handling the job and that you have good hand-eye coordination -- hiking, sports, working out -- anything. They need to know you're strong enough to make it through the day without collapsing. Sometimes they'll be up front and ask to your face if you're physically capable of handling the work. If this is the case, reassurance and an anecdote from a past work experience is always positive.
Of course, every job is different and will demand different qualities, but the above ones are essential in most labor positions. Do your research and know what will be expected of you while on-the-job in order to make your next job hunt the shortest one you'll ever have!
OAK BROOK, IL – February 27, 2018 – Summit Staffing, Inc, a leading staffing agency in the Midwest announced today that they have won Inavero’s Best of Staffing® Client Award for providing superior service to their clients. Presented in partnership with CareerBuilder, Inavero’s Best of Staffing Client winners have proven to be industry leaders in service quality based entirely on ratings provided by their clients. On average, clients of winning agencies are 2.3 times more likely to be completely satisfied with the services provided compared to those working with non-winning agencies.
Focused on helping US companies find the right people for their job openings, Summit Staffing received satisfaction scores of 9 or 10 out of 10 from 64% of their clients, significantly higher than the industry’s average of 32%. Less than 2% of all staffing agencies in the U.S. and Canada have earned the Best of Staffing Award for service excellence.
“Our company works hard to make both customer service and our temporary associates a priority, and we are proud and honored to be recognized for our efforts.” Summit Staffing’s Owner, President and CEO, Fiorella Auriemma said.
"With a tight labor market and growing economy, finding the right recruiting partners is critical to success,” said Inavero’s CEO Eric Gregg. “Best of Staffing winners prove they can provide consistently remarkable service to their clients and job candidates, and I couldn’t be more proud to feature them on BestofStaffing.com.”
About Best of Staffing
Inavero’s Best of Staffing® Award is the only award in the U.S. and Canada that recognizes staffing agencies that have proven superior service quality based entirely on ratings provided by their clients and job candidates. Award winners are showcased by city and area of expertise on BestofStaffing.com – an online resource for hiring professionals and job seekers to find the best staffing agencies to call when they are in need.
For more information:
Analisa Gutierrez, VP of Business Development