You’ve got your first job. You want to make a good impression. What to do?
Experts say work on your employability skills: customer service, teamwork, a willingness to learn, and the desire to do things the right way.
Employer surveys consistently show that good employees demonstrate their:
• Ability to work in a team
• Problem-solving skills
• Written communication skills
• Strong work ethic
• Verbal communication skills
• Analytical/math skills
How would you rate yourself in those categories? Don’t be afraid to ask for feedback from teachers, coaches, and your employer on how you can improve. Showing that you want to do your job better means you are on your way to making a good impression.
It’s Just a Few Minutes…
“As you get into the swing of things at a job or internship, it might be tempting to relax your sense of urgency. You’re expected to arrive at 8:30, but your arrivals start turning into 8:32, then 8:35…don’t let this happen!
“You might think that no one will care if you come in at 8:35 instead of 8:30, but tardiness has adverse effects. ‘If you’re early, you’re on time. If you’re on time, you’re late. If you’re late, you’re fired,’ was a popular saying with an old manager of mine. Plan to be a few minutes early. When an employer says they want you at work at a specific time, it doesn’t mean that should be the time you walk in the door. Be at your workspace, ready to start!
“Consistently showing up past your expected time signals one of two things to your superiors: you’re too lazy to care about moving quickly to get to work; or your planning skills are terrible. There’s a simple solution to always being late in the morning: get up earlier. When you refuse to do something that simple, your superiors will wonder what else you’ll slack off on. If you have a consistent problem arriving on time, talk to your supervisor about changing the time you’re expected to come in. It’s better than being tardy!”
—Caitlyn Beck, program assistant, Indiana INTERNnet