First days can be intimidating. It was true in junior high, and remains true even as you advance through your career. However, as scary as they can be, new experiences can also prove exciting and educational. With the right preparation and a good attitude, you can position yourself for success right from your first assignment.
Of course, hearing this advice doesn’t stop the butterflies. At the same time, operating through a staffing agency can sometimes make the feelings of dislocation and uncertainty worse. It doesn’t have to be that way, though.
Your first staffing assignment also represents a major opportunity. You’ve opened up a new era of your career, and your recruiting agency is there to help you get the most out of it. You can maximize the situation by knowing what to expect from your first assignment and laying the groundwork for a dynamite first day.
Here are a few things to keep in mind as you head to your first assignment:
Be Prepared for the Specific Assignment
It’s simple advice (something any boy scout can tell you), but it still applies here: be prepared. Every assignment is different. Find out as much as you can ahead of time so that the early transition can be as painless as possible.
Complete Any Paperwork
Your staffing agency will handle much of the logistics involved in getting you settled. However, your company might have some additional paperwork for you. You might have to review policies or provide informational paperwork. Fill this out as promptly as possible…or, better yet, find out if you can do any of it ahead of time. Then, you’ll be able to jump directly into work.
Arrive Early/Be Prepared to Work Late
You want to make a good impression on your first day. You can take a big step in that direction by showing up early. It will show that you are ready and eager to work. Aiming for an early arrival will also give you some leeway in case something goes wrong. You don’t want your reputation hurt because of traffic or getting lost on your way.
Expect a Learning Curve
There is a lot to learn at any new position, so assume you’ll experience a fair amount of training at your first assignment. Put in the effort to learn your task and internalize the procedures at your new workplace. Ask questions. Take notes. And above all else, maintain a calm and constructive attitude.
Learn the Corporate Culture as Fast as Possible
Your learning process doesn’t stop at the aspects of the job directly related to your new responsibilities. You need to understand how your new workplace operates in a general sense. You have to pick up clues regarding what’s considered acceptable and what’s seen as out of bounds. In other words, watch the corporate culture very closely. That way, you can fit in as soon as possible.
Get to Know Your Coworkers
Part of the cultural process is learning about your new teammates. A good company won’t make you feel like a temp just because you come from a staffing agency. So, don’t be afraid to make connections and build relationships. Take the time to meet people. It will make your tenure at the company more productive and more pleasant, as well as provide you with a great networking opportunity.
Are You Ready for Exciting New Opportunities?
Working with a staffing agency provides a great opportunity to jumpstart your career. A top recruiter, like LaborMax, will help you find the perfect position for your skills and background. Knowing you’re right for the job will make even the first assignment less intimidating.
Contact LaborMax today to get started.