Despite the plethora of broadcasts and blogs
sighing, ‘Whoa is me, there are too few jobs and
too many applicants,’ and ‘not qualified
applicants with the experience needed’, I
am regularly contacted by professionals
getting interviews, negotiating essential details
of job offers and starting to work for colleges
and universities, small and large companies and
FIRST DAY CONCERNS
When we arrive on our first day we are
confronted with all sorts of uncertainties. Starting
time, where to park, remembering names and
locations, day-to-day basics (clothing, formality,
meetings) and workplace culture. We want to get
off on the right foot and be moving in the same
direction, not holding up or slowing down others.
What can you do?
There are certain things your co-workers and
managers will want to see in you. You should
know and be on-time to start, with a positive and
alert attitude. You should be a critical listener,
confirming information from one person to the
next and assessing what it is you will be expected
to do that will contribute and make a difference.
You will be expected to complete enrollment
forms and supply personal information. Yet,
not everything will be necessarily perfect. Be
understanding if there is confusion. Be adaptable
about breaks and dinner and meetings, especially
with your boss.
SUGGESTIONS: Before, During and After
1. Confirm with your host, contact or boss, in
advance, when you should arrive, who you
should ask for and meet first and what the
clothing norms are. Get emergency telephone
2. Many of our positions require or expect safety
glasses and shoes. Bring them if you have them.
3. All organizations will have security and safety
precautions and rules. Expect to have multiple
forms of picture ID, some idea of your tax
withholding, a voided check (direct deposit),
vehicle license and registration information,
contact information for references and emergency
and even a copy of your current resume file.
4. You will be taking a tour and meeting many
people. Ask for a map and make copies and
put information down on it. Learn where security,
safety, and other key resource people are. Meet them.
5. Bring a note pad to jot down names, emails,
cell numbers, passwords, software and files,
and thought hooks to remember items.
6. Have a list of questions or concerns and
add to it based on listening and observing. Seek
out the right people to bring them up to.
7. Plan to stay later than “given” work hours
to complete forms, jot down notes, organize
your works space, place a recorded message
on your phone answering system, and read
through the company handbook that you should
ask for. (or find out where it is on the intranet.)
8. Determine if there is an orientation session you
can attend with other new hires.
9. Ask for and accept meetings with your boss
to learn about the organization chart, culture,
her goals, his priorities, and your goals to
help him be successful and company objectives.