First Temp Job? 5 Things You Need to Know to Shine on Your First Day
Starting in a new temp job is both exhilarating and a bit anxiety-inducing. Often, the role is a chance to potentially transition into a permanent position, as well as an excellent skill-building and network-expanding opportunity.
However, as with any new job, beginning in your first temp role comes with challenges. If you want to make sure that your first day is stellar, here are five things you need to know.
1. Prepare the Day Before
If you want to make sure the morning of your first day runs smoothly, spend some time preparing the night before. Choose your outfit, figure out what you’ll eat for breakfast, pack your lunch, gather critical documents, review parking procedures, and plan your driving route. That way, you can simply wake up and go without having to worry about those details.
2. Arrive 15 Minutes Early
On your first day, it’s better to use the same arrival timing as you would for an interview. By being 15 minutes early, you won’t feel rushed when you enter the building. Plus, if it takes an extra moment to determine where you need to go or to connect with your manager, you’ll still be on time.
3. Say “Hello” as Often as Possible
Since you’re the new kid on the block, it’s smart to take control of your first impressions. By introducing yourself whenever you cross paths with a colleague, you initiate the conversation on your terms, which can work in your favor.
Additionally, by greeting as many people as possible, you come across as enthusiastic and personable. That can set a positive tone for your first day, ensuring people see you as happy and friendly.
4. Connect with Your Teammates
When you meet your team, spend some time connecting with one or two colleagues. Ask them about their role in the company and see if they have any advice that can help you excel. As they answer, use active listening skills to absorb the information. If appropriate, ask follow-up questions, allowing you to create space for a meaningful, enlightening conversation.
5. Touch Base Before Heading Out of the Door
When your shift comes to an end, don’t rush out of the door. Instead, approach your manager and see if there is anything else you can do before you leave for the day. Let them know you’re willing to stay late (if you are able to) if there are tasks you can assist with, as that will showcase your dedication to the position.
Once you are cleared to leave, spend time saying goodbye to your manager and any team members who are still on-site. It’s a friendly gesture that further cements your positive impression, making you seem courteous and polite.
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