Your First Day of Work Has Arrived

By Valerie Kielmovitch

first dayYou did it! After all of the waiting and applying, you nailed the interview and accepted your first full-time position! Your first day of work has finally arrived. But how do you prepare for this momentous occasion after all the years of schooling?

Below is a list of items to consider:

  • Dress Attire – It is always better to be overdressed for your first day of work than be underdressed. Remember, your dress will be making a first impression on all of your new colleagues.
  • Personal Documents – Typically, there will be a period of filling out paperwork to ensure you receive all the benefits of the position. Ensure you remember to bring identifying documents with you on your first day, such as driver’s license, social security card, green card, I-20, etc.
  • Be Prepared – Before you wake up for your first day, make sure you know actually where you will be going. Being on time and knowing the location for your position are crucial to starting off on the right foot.
  • Lunch – It never hurts to pack a few extra items for lunch in case the company doesn’t have a cafeteria or the culture does not permit leaving during the day. However, try to ask a colleague to lunch or ask what people typically do during their lunch hour.

Remember that everyone had a first day on the job once, so do not be afraid to ask questions. Don’t pressure yourself to master your new job in a day or even a week. The learning curve will take some time, so be patient with yourself. Go in with a positive attitude and be a strong professional!

Valerie Kielmovitch has been working as a Program Manager in the Career Services Office at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University since 2010. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Central Florida and Master of Education specializing in Higher Education and Student Affairs at the University of South Carolina. Valerie has a diverse background in the field of higher education from residence life to career services.

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Employer Advice Spotlight: The Seven P’s

By Joshua Pringle

Joshua Pringle is the Director of Marketing at CO2Meter, a leader in Carbon Dioxide metering, sensing, and detection.  CO2Meter designs, manufactures and distributes industry leading devices to consumers and companies in diverse business segments.  Mr. Pringle has put together a series of articles providing advice, from a company’s perspective, on interviewing.  The series will be added throughout the spring semester. 

Like most of the other suggestions I will make about interviewing, these little tidbits also apply to life and your career too.  This little hint is probably at the top of the list and again comes from my grandfather.  While I regret the mild expletive in the phrase, I was taught later on in life that it is used to create a little humor and make the phrase memorable.  Trust me…you will remember this one.

Proper Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance

If you can learn and act on the Seven P’s, you will not only be successful but well ahead of your peers.  Whether it’s a class project, homework, reading, Christmas shopping, project management, car payments…anything you do can have the Seven P’s applied to it.

When thinking about preparing for an interview or business meeting, I always review the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg for financial statements, press releases and financial filings from the last year, LinkedIn and Glassdoor, and any critical articles I trolled for online.  These tidbits will help frame your approach to preparing.

imagesAs it pertains to your interviewing though, the Seven P’s are essential to your interview success because the better and earlier you prepare the more successful your interview will be.

1)      Follow the instructions the interviewer gives you in the pre-interview email/letter to a tee.  They are likely to give you all the clues you need to properly prepare for your interview.  For example, if the interviewer suggests that you review their website, don’t just look at the site – study it, learn it, Google things you don’t know about, and become an expert on their business.

2)      If the interviewer does not give you any hints beforehand, I suggest you ask.  Be straightforward with the interviewer and ask them, “Is there anything you’d like me to prepare in advance for our conversation?”  This says to them that you want to prepare and are eager to ensure you meet if not exceed qualifications and expectations.  If they say “yes,” you now know what to prepare for and expect.  If they say “no,” one of two things is occurring: the interviewer is not prepared for you, or they are testing you to see how well you can prepare without direction.

3)      Be prepared to ask questions (another article coming soon).  I don’t mean, what will my daily responsibilities be?-type questions; I mean ask in-depth questions about the website or their business.  Crafting well thought-out questions in advance is somewhat of an art, but it is imperative to a successful interview.

4)      Plan your day, trip to the interview, etc. in advance.  Don’t leave things to chance.

5)      Plan your outfit in advance.  Don’t wait until the morning of the interview to choose a shirt.  What if it has a spot on it?  What if your shoes have a scuff?

Preparing in advance allows you time to recover if you have prepared incorrectly or if other issues arise.  Do not put off preparation.  It is virtually impossible to over-prepare.

But here is the ultimate key to the Seven P’s – it allows you to relax leading up to and in the interview.  The military and professional sports teams stress the Seven P’s because a well-planned and trained team does not worry in combat/competition about what they should do…they just act on instinct because they have prepared for all possibilities.  If you wait until the last minute, you will be stressed and tense throughout the process.  Your stress will be very visible to the interviewer.  If you prepare well in advance, it gives your brain time to process the information you’ve taken in, prepare great questions, and then relax.  When you are in the moment, the interviewer will sense your calm and your preparation telling them you are a capable, responsible potential employee.

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