"You're hired - I got the Call"
An Article by: Marc Belaiche C.A.
"Congratulations! You've been hired! See you on Monday!"
It's exciting when you hear those words, after getting a job
you worked so hard to get; and you're eager to get started.
However, by the time Monday rolls around, many people have the feeling
of excitement turning to butterflies. The first day on a job is
nothing to worry about. Make sure you follow these steps to get
off on the right foot at your new workplace!
Planning is the key to a good start at a new job. It’s
a good idea to plan your route to work before your first day. Plan
alternate routes in the event there is a lot of traffic or if public
transit is delayed. That way you are prepared and will not get flustered.
Avoiding commuting problems will allow you to stay relaxed and help
you focus on making a good first impression.
Dress appropriate to the company environment and wear something
you feel confident in. If you feel confident inside, your co-workers
will notice it and it will help your initial image.
Try to arrive at your workplace early on your first day.
This will give you the chance to properly greet everyone you encounter.
Enter with a smile and introduce yourself to everyone you
meet. Learn people’s names and interests so you feel comfortable
with them and they feel comfortable with you. Don’t be afraid
to ask questions, as most people are more than happy to help a new
Bring doughnuts, go out to lunch, or get together with
your new co-workers. Not only will it be easier to break the ice,
but you will get the chance to get to know your associates. Take
the initiative and people will see you as friendly and approachable.
Finally, make sure other companies know that you are off
the market for work. There’s nothing worse than getting a
phone call on your cell from someone trying to set up an interview
with you for a different position.
After that, just be yourself and do what you do best! Show you
are eager to work and continue to get to know your co-workers’
habits and interests to make your transition easier and more enjoyable.
Marc Belaiche is President of TorontoJobs.ca, an internet recruitment
website specializing in helping candidates find jobs in the Greater
Toronto Area. Marc has been in the recruitment industry since 1995.
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