Your First 30 Days on the Job
Building a professional image on the job!
Your First Days on the Job
- Be positive-have a good attitude
- Learn the ropes
- Be a team player
- Getting Ready Checklist:
a pocket notebook so you can write down
instructions, directions, and names of people
you need to remember
certain you have transportation. Get your
car checked out and make sure you know the bus
or transit schedule
on the best traffic route to avoid delays.
Make parking arrangements ahead of time
you have children, work out their daycare. Make
sure you have a backup plan
you have older children, give them instructions
on all aspects of homecare so they do not have
to contact you at work
back on outside commitments/activities during
your first 30 days. Do not overextend and
miss a day of work during that time
out your wardrobe a week in advance
a regular exercise schedule in place
care of needed appointments (dental, doctor,
etc.) ahead of time so they do not interfere
not ask for time away during the first 30 days
The First Day/Week
you are nervous but are willing to learn and help and adjust.
wait for others to be nice to you. Extend to them your friendship.
with an open, positive smile. Be happy.
to the dress standards.
open and approachable-a comfortable person to meet.
names-do not try to remember them all at once. Take a few at a time.
courteous on the phone
phone close to mouth so you can be understood.
not conduct side conversations.
eat or drink while on the phone.
in as least rings as possible-3 is acceptable.
for permission to place anyone on hold.
a friendly voice-smile.
the callers' name if possible. If not use sir or ma'am.
this method to answer-Greet>State organization>Introduce yourself>Offer
not rush the caller
Yourself-do not be so intense about making a good showing and then make
must be a good listener
a good relationship with your supervisor by working well with others
your productivity levels
your work habits
personal time management
being well-groomed (messy hair, poorly ironed clothes, etc.)
many personal calls
taking care of company equipment
late for work or appointments
doing quality work
with skill deficiencies
-Ask your boss to sponsor you with any skills you are not good with
-Stay after work to practice a needed skill
-Pay for immediate tutoring/Take a class
to handle embarrassing moments you have been trained for
your mistake and lack of experience
sure you understand the trainer or teacher
to do a dry run on new skills
new skills step-by-step at your own pace
your sense of humor about mistakes
NOT make the same mistakes over and over
rules you are expected to follow
not go over your supervisor's head with problems or issues
business and personal life separate
in a negative manner about employees
first names when introducing a supervisor to a stranger
offensive jokes or stories
2 Styles-You Choose:
more quiet than usual. Concentrate on your work and be very
polite. Communicate primarily with your attitude and job
performance instead of your voice.
modestly assertive. Speak with confidence but be careful not to
dominate conversations. Show positive learning attitude by asking
relevant questions and be friendly and open.
-Also you may be teased at work and you are looked at to see what kind
of response you have. One who can laugh at themselves usually
fairs much better.
week productivity-Make sure it consistently improves and is supported by
your co-workers-they must support your efforts and be motivated to follow.
a serious, professional worker
generous with "thank you's-ex. you have been a great help to me-thanks"
more compliments without overdoing it-"I sure appreciate your
3 C's-Stay away-be nice but do not identify with any
if you have a difficult supervisor?
to his/her style-it is not personal
on your work and co-worker relationships
-Don't expect a perfect supervisor
-They sometimes have rough days
-Select the right times to talk
-Don't turn a minor issue in to a major one
-Don't go over your supervisor's head unless you have to
-If you make a mistake you tell your boss-don't let her/him hear it from
Productivity and Human Relations
Suggestions to maintain a good balance:
contribute in 2 ways-what you do and what you do because you are a team
player-do not lose sight of this
not resent others because you are more productive
others reach their best can mean a lot to your career
has second thoughts about their first job
am I doing here?
I with the right organization?
I learn all they are throwing at me?
I spend all that time in college for this?
Rome was not built in a day and neither is your career. Give it some
time. Confide in co-workers you trust. Talk to your friends or
spouse about any misgivings. Sometimes a simple incident is
turned in to something big-do not let that happen. You have
been under pressure/stress before and survived. You do have skills and
talents to help you through any situation.