Starting a new job
I have now had a multitude of different part time jobs from a holiday park, to a bar to McDonald’s to doing these blogs and I know that starting somewhere is not always easy. Particularly during the current climate there is a lot of extra work in certain positions and more regulations to follow which can feel stressful. I’m going to impart some of my experiences and advice in this blog so hopefully whether you’re looking for new work or you’ve found some for this year you can make the transition a little more easily.
Nerves- I have been incredibly nervous starting in new places at times especially if I really want the job. This is of course natural but you don’t want to let it get in the way of your performance especially if you’re somewhere that requires good communication and confidence. To help me feel a little more settled I usually try and visit the place before the interview/trial and sometimes even again before the first shift because then you can gauge the atmosphere and the layout. It can also really help to check out any social media that the company/branch may have because this can help you to get familiar with who may work there and the day to day running of the business.
First impressions- It is of course super important to make a good first impression. However, the best way to do this is not necessarily by dressing to the 9 but dressing appropriately for the work and in a way that makes you feel empowered. You also shouldn’t overdo it with your persona, be professional but try not to be robotic your colleagues want to know they’ll be working alongside someone reliable but also fun.
A trial shift- If you’re looking for work in the service industry it is likely you’ll be called for a trial shift at some point. In my experience it’s very rare a candidate will be called for a trial unless the employer is already very keen to take them on so try and take some confidence from this. I knew a girl who had smashed a ton of glasses on her first shift and she still go hired because she was friendly and professional. What I think this shows is that employers expect you to be nervous and make some mistakes but your manner really does contribute a lot to whether you’ll get the job. Try to be as enthusiastic as possible for your trial I think is my main advice.
So, there you have it just a little of my experience. If you have any additional questions please leave them in the comments!