Starting A New Job...some things to consider before your first day.
A New Job! A New Start!
Tomorrow I will embark on a new chapter in my working world. I start at a new job and will experience the first day of my career change. For the last 5 years I have provided home care services to the elderly while running my own business Leave IT To Me.
I loved being my own boss, making my own schedule, helping those in need, but I needed a change. I have held the hand of a lot of people as they take their last breath and start their forever journey. It is an emotionally challenging position to be in and after a few years knew I had to look for something else. So, about 6 months ago I started the search for a new job. Yes, I said 6 months ago...
Job searching is not an easy task, especially if you are looking for one that pays well and has benefits. It can be daunting and frustrating. When you know you are competing with twenty other people who all want the one position open you can feel like you want to quit. I know that there were many days I would have to force myself to even look at job openings. But, I knew that the frustration and monotony of the work would eventually pay off.
It wasn't until last month that I started to see a light at the end of the job searching tunnel. In May I was invited to interview with an organization that assists those with developmental and intellectual disabilities. I jumped at the opportunity and went into the interview with a positive mindset that I had alot to offer such a company.
The interview process was long. About 2 weeks. I had to have one phone call interview, two in-person interviews, an observation, and then pass fingerprinting, background checks, and a drug test. I must have impressed the powers at be and in early June was offered the position. I felt many emotions when getting the job. Relief, excitement, anticipation, and butterflies in my stomach were all common emotions in the last few weeks.
But, finally the day is here and I get to show this company that they made the best choice possible when they hired me!
A Checklist For Your First Day
Doing some of the tasks listed below will help you have a success first day on the job.
1.) Become Educated. Take some time before your first day to familiarize yourself with the company you are working for. You probably did this to some extent before the interview process but now go back and dig a little deeper. Having the knowledge ahead of time and being able to use this information when you first start may give you an advantage. At the least, it will show your employer that you are serious about your position.
2.) Do a second check of your social media. While you were looking for a new position, hopefully you screened your social media accounts to make sure there were no "embarrassing"moments out there on the world wide web. Now that your hired, you should do a double check to make sure everything still looks good. Once your coworkers meet you, many of them may go and "look you up". Being prepared for that will help avoid any problems that may arise.
3.) Set some goals for your new position. What do you want to accomplish while you are there? Do you want to move up the ladder? How long do you want to stay in your position before you try to get a better position? Even a goal as simple as "not gossiping" will keep you focused on the job and reaching for your personal best.
4.) Be prepared. What will you wear? What's the best way to travel to your job? Could you run into travel problems? How early should you get up? What will you have for lunch? Are there any documents or paperwork that you will need? Having everything ready the night before will make your morning go smoothly. The last thing you want is to feel rushed on your first day...before you even leave the house.
5.) Relax, breathe, and be proud. You did it! You landed a new job. It's a tough market but you impressed them and all the hard work paid off! Be proud. Take a day, or two, or three, to enjoy, relax, and savor in your accomplishments. Well done!
Casual Business Clothing For Women
What will you wear?
When starting a new job, you want to put your best foot forward. Your appearance is going to say a lot about you. It will be the thing that most others will judge you by...at first.
If you don't have an uniform to wear, your best bet is to dress up the first couple of days...at least until you know for sure how others dress. You may or may not have been given a dress code. Unless you are working for a professional business where suits and ties are the norm, a casual professional style is usually acceptable.
You can find a good selection of casual professional clothing online. Most is decently priced. Heck, you may even find a sale and score some awesome looks.
Good luck on your new job! Enjoy! You have a chance to do some great things and achieve personal growth. Be patient. Know that to gain a presence and a positive reputation at a new job takes time and a lot of hard work. Give it your best shot. Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss you'll land among the stars!
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