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.

 

Your Authentic Self at Work

When you start a new job, do you do your best to fit in and fall in line with the culture of the company? If so, you may start to feel like you are not being yourself, or you simply cannot be yourself so you decide you can’t possibly continue in that workplace and jump to the next.

It costs a company a lot of money to hire and rehire so it is in their best interest to retain their employees – especially the good ones. It takes time, effort and money to constantly hire and train new staff. At All Star Labor & Staffing it is imperative that we not only fit qualified people with each job but fit personality and character as well. It is in all our best interest to foster your individual talents and skills because companies want you to be an asset.

How do you not leave YOU behind when you walk into work? The following are ways you can fit into the culture but also set your own tone and exemplify authenticity in your workplace:

Be your authentic you from the start. Be upfront about the way you work best, express your ideas and put your whole self into your work. Just remember that everyone of your co-workers should be allowed to be their true, whole selves as well. Acceptance and appreciation leads to a happy and healthy work environment. It also makes it a more creative and collaborative one since everyone brings their own special skills to the table.

Ask the tough questions. Ask questions that will lead you to what you need to do to get ahead, fit in, and stand out. Find out how your company values creativity and out-of-the-box thinking. Don’t be too fearful to ask about technology usage, performance reviews, the promotion process, or any other facet of your work. Transparency creates communication between employer and employee and that can lead to the autonomy of self-expression.

Let others in. When you let others know the reason behind how you choose to work and share your ideas you give insight into how your authentic self helps you perform better at work. Also giving permission for others to appreciate your true, authentic self.

How do you bring your authentic self into your work?