Temporary employees often have a different experience from their permanent counterparts on their first day. Sometimes a company is ill-prepared. As frustrating as that can be, it is important to maintain your professionalism and prove to them that you can make a great first impression. Your first day on a temp job could be the start of a several month long interview that could lead to a permanent position within the company.
5 Tips for a Top-Tier First Day at a New Job
Plan for your commute.
As a temp employee you may have received directions from your recruiter or checked out the company location on Google maps. In any case, it may be a good idea to do a dry run the day before if possible so you aren’t late on your first day. Also note that rush hour traffic will affect your drive in. Figure out how long it will take you to get there in the worst case scenario and make sure that you can arrive about 15 minutes early.
Plan your clothes.
Find out the company dress code from the computer and always step it up a notch. If you’re told it is casual that doesn’t mean sloppy clothes are okay. It is always better to err on the side of professional at least on the first day. Make sure your clothes are clean, stain and wrinkle free, and in good repair. Always be put-together not matter what you are wearing.
Carry a notebook.
There will be specific requirements for this client that you may not have experienced at any other job. You want to be sure you get the details right from the start. Keeping a notebook is the best way to have a reference for yourself once you are left alone to do the job. It is also okay to ask questions or for clarification at any point along the way. They would rather answer your questions than fix your mistakes.
Get to know people.
You never know where your next connection will be. Even if your direct supervisor doesn’t have an opening in their department, other managers may and if they know you’ve already been trained and have experience with their organization they may consider you for their next available job. Make an effort to get to know your coworkers so they are familiar and comfortable working with you.
Ask your recruiter for feedback.
Your recruiter will typically check in with their clients on the first and second day to see how you’ve done so far. Follow up with them to find out what kind of feedback they got. If there are any criticisms, work toward improving your performance. Your recruiter will also appreciate your interest in taking responsibility for your job in this way.
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