Mastering Your First Month.

Congratulations, you have survived your first week at your new job! By now you have probably gotten settled into your new workplace, made a couple friends, and maybe even helped out on a few projects, however at this point it is time to start focusing on establishing yourself and moving into the first month stage. Here are some tips to help guide you into success.

Keep asking questions.

Asking questions is how you will learn and grow in your career. It’s now time to start asking more questions about what you can do to help your team. Ask to be included more in day to day tasks and write down all the important details. Question like, “What are our quarterly goals and how can I help achieve them?” would be appropriate at this time.

What is expected of you?

Have a discussion with your manager to define what their expectations are and come prepared with a plan on how you plan to achieve those expectations. Ask to do a feedback meeting at the end of your first month to see how you have progressed and where you can improve.

Find your niche.

You were hired for a reason and it is time to let your skills and talents shine. Bring your many strengths to the table to fill in where your team needs you. Find out what a struggle is within the company and search for a way to improve the problem.

Study the culture.

Every work environment has its own people dynamics which is very important to observe because understanding the culture will help you fit in and grow. Keep making new connections and allowing other to get to know you too. By interacting with coworkers and attentively observing how everyone works and collaborates, you’ll gain valuable insight into the company and group culture.

Double check your work

You are still in the “extended interview” period so you want to always try to make a good impression. You haven’t be working here long enough to have your work fine groomed yet so be sure to double check your work and even ask a fellow colleague to look something over. While you don’t want to overwhelm yourself with the stress of being perfect, you do want to put your best foot forward any chance you get.

Stay motivated.

While you may not be as motivated as you were on day one, keep a positive attitude and be appreciative of this opportunity that you worked so hard for. For help, find someone in the company that you look up to, what did they have to do to get where they are? Make those your goals and stay focused on your career growth.

Conquering Your First Week.

Congratulations, you just started your new job! Now you may be getting a little nervous about your first week and how to make the best impression. Don’t worry, we have you covered with some easy tips on how to ease into your new position and be successful.

You may be feeling a little overwhelmed right now, but that’s completely normal. This is the time to meet new people and figure out the environment and where you fit in.

Introduce yourself. Studies have shown that anxiety can come from a new situation and not feeling confident in introducing yourself – that’s completely normal so shake off those nerves and let your enthusiasm shine through. Here are some ways to relieve the stress of introducing yourself.

  • Have an energetic opening line ready so you’re prepared to introduce yourself to a new faces.
  • Enlist the help of someone that you already know to break the ice.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and timing. If someone seems distracted, keep it short and don’t interrupt meetings to make your introduction.
  • Try your best to remember names. An easy way to help is by repeating it back to them upon your introduction. If you do forget, don’t feel bad in simply asking, “Remind me of your name.”

Ask questions. As you’re learning your new position, you can’t be afraid to speak up and ask questions. By asking managers and peers more questions, it will get you up to speed more quickly.

  • Write down your questions, and the answers. Having a pen and paper ready is very helpful. Even if a question seems simple, you don’t want to ask it twice.
  • Prioritize your questions. In your first week, it is important to get the most important information you need to know first, without overwhelming coworkers with questions.

Make a new friend and a mentor. It is important to find a fellow colleague that you can talk to as this will ease the stress of being the newcomer. This may be the person sitting next to you or another newcomer, but having someone to rely on will give you stability. Find a mentor, it’s beneficial to have an experienced employee that you can talk and learn from.

Navigate. Get familiar with your workplace. Locate where the breakroom, meeting rooms, coffee and water etc. If you have not been given a tour yet, ask a colleague for one. Also, this is the time to look into your commute. Research routes quickest to your work place to ensure you arrive on time.

While there is a lot to learn during this period, try to enjoy this opportunity to meet new people, learn new processes and hopefully set yourself up for long-term success within your company.

8 Eye Catching Resume Tips

Resumes are your marketing document to sell yourself, they are how you get noticed and hopefully an opportunity for an interview. Although, many people feel putting together a resume can be tough or overwhelming, but no need to stress, here are some tips to get your resume noticed.

  1. Keep it professional

Your resume is a business document so you must keep it professional. Get rid of the pictures, silly email address and personal introductions. While you make think it’s funny, your potential employer may not and that could hinder your chances of landing employment. Stick the facts, and keep it professional.

  1. Promote yourself

Your resume talks on your behalf so you need to sell yourself! Don’t be shy, this is your time to brag about your accomplishments, abilities and skills. Focus on what can I bring to this organization and bring those abilities to light. Emphasize your skills, especially ones this company is looking for as this will catch a recruiter’s eye.

  1. Find a template

The frustrating days of fiddling with margins and formats with Microsoft Word are over! There are endless free templates online that you can download and input your information. This will help keep your information nice, organized and easy for someone to navigate through. Remember to keep it simple though, you don’t want one over the top trying to stand out.

  1. Use one page

Recruiters are typically busy people going through tons of resumes so chances are they may not even get to the second page of your resume. Avoid adding every single detail of your work history and all of your job duties.  Plus, a well-groomed resume give your accomplishments room to shine.

  1. Create more than one resume

If you’re like most of us, you’ve probably worked in a variety of industries and have gained unique skills from each. To help your resume stand out, create multiple resumes for each industry. Simply use the same template then edit the information, but be sure to tailor the information to a particular job prior to submitting your resume.

  1. Keep it simple

Skip the fancy fonts, and colorful text, as an employer only wants to look at the facts. Not only can colorful backgrounds, text and images but distracting but sometimes also not compatible with different software. If an employer is having trouble opening and viewing your resume, it may get skipped.

  1. Make copies

You want to have copies of your resume with you at all times while job searching and always bring a copy with you to an interview. Another great tip is to have a digital copy saved in your email so if you need to email it, you got it right at your fingertips

  1. Check and recheck.

Spelling, grammar and punctuation are very important in a resume. Too many errors in a resume can appear to not pay attention or show you don’t put forth much effort and may result in your resume being passed on. Re-read every single word on your resume and also have someone else read over it prior to submitting.

So go find that perfect resume template that fits your personality and get to work! I promise that a well put together resume will be very beneficial for you and All Star Labor & Staffing’s recruiters in your job search.