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Posted May 17, 2016 by

How to have a great first day at work: Part 1

Congratulations on landing your first full-time entry-level job after graduating from college! Woohoo! This is a huge milestone in your career journey.

Starting a new job can be nerve-wracking. Remember the feeling you had when you started high school? You might feel a little like that on your first day at work, minus the horrific acne and monstrous crush on your neighbor.

This video, hosted by College Recruiter’s Content Manager, Bethany Wallace, is one of two videos offering help to recent grads starting their first entry-level jobs. Here are five ways you can ensure success on your first day at work.


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1. Dress well, sleep well, and feel well.

Get a great night’s sleep the night before your first day at work. Certainly celebrate your new job with your friends and family, but celebrate at least two days prior to your first day. Wake up in plenty of time to get ready for work. We all have those days when we don’t like the outfit we selected for work, and chances are, it will be your first day of work. Give yourself at least 20 or 30 extra minutes to get ready on your first day at work.

When you look good, you feel good. Dress up (at least a little bit) on your first day at work. Wear an outfit that fits into the company’s dress code, but spend a little extra time fixing your hair or makeup. It doesn’t hurt to feel great when you’re going to spend all day long in training sessions, meeting new people, and looking people in the eye.

2. Arrive early.

Arrive at least 15 or 30 minutes early on your first day at work. This helps you to avoid showing up late due to traffic problems or getting turned around. It’s common to feel disoriented when you are in a new town or don’t know which parking lot to use. How far will you have to walk from the parking lot to the building? Are there designated parking spots? Don’t park in those! Knowing this information in advance is helpful. Arriving early gives you the opportunity to network with coworkers and eases nerves.

3. Prepare an elevator pitch.

An elevator pitch is a 30-second spiel explaining who you are, where you’ve been, what you do, and where you’re going in life or at work. Preparing a brief elevator pitch related to your new position will come in handy when you’re being introduced to multiple teammates, supervisors, and colleagues repeatedly throughout the day. Chances are, you’ll be asked the question, “So who are you? What is it you’ll be doing for us?” Be prepared with a smooth response.

4. Smile often.

When shaking hands and delivering that elevator pitch, smile. Smiling improves your mood and the moods of those around you as well. Start off on the right foot on your first day at work by spreading cheer and goodwill to people around you.

4. Be positive no matter what.

Whether you have to sit through eight hours of training, which you find incredibly boring, or whether you arrive and find that your desk is not set up at all, be positive. Not many people enjoy working with negative people. Avoid making negative comments, regardless of the circumstances you find yourself in. If you need to ask for help, do so politely and quietly. Avoid making a scene in a fussy or dramatic manner right off the bat. Very few things leave a bad taste in employers’ mouths as a new employee who begins complaining before she’s even begun working.

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Posted March 14, 2014 by

Andrea McEwen-Henderson Joins College Recruiter as National Account Manager, Corporate Sales

Andrea McEwen-Henderson

Andrea McEwen-Henderson

MINNEAPOLIS, MN, March 14, 2014 – College Recruiter, the leading niche job board for college students hunting for internships and recent graduates looking for entry level jobs and other career opportunities, today announced that Andrea McEwen-Henderson has joined its sales team as its new national account manager for corporate sales.

Andrea comes to College Recruiter with eight years of collaborative sales experience with Day-Timer Inc. and then more than 11 years of collaborative sales experience with the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) helping the leading employers of college and university students and recent graduates market their internships, co-op opportunities, and entry-level jobs to college and university students and recent graduates.  (more…)

Posted March 13, 2014 by

Jimmy McCourt Joins College Recruiter as National Account Manager, Corporate Sales

Jimmy McCourt

Jimmy McCourt

MINNEAPOLIS, MN, March 13, 2014 – College Recruiter, the leading niche job board for college students hunting for internships and recent graduates looking for entry level jobs and other career opportunities, today announced that Jimmy McCourt has joined its sales team as its new national account manager for corporate sales.

Jimmy comes to College Recruiter with experience both in the job board  and recruiting industries. He was an account executive for Indeed, the highest trafficked job board in the world, and a technical recruiter for Equity Staffing Group. Anyone who has had the pleasure of speaking with Jimmy even for a few minutes will experience his passion for sales, marketing, recruiting, advertising, digital media, and technology. He brings that all together by analyzing job-seeker behavior in the ever-evolving digital recruitment landscape to help his employer clients strategically and systemically improve the quality of people they hire, while simultaneously strengthening their brand online and beyond. (more…)

Posted March 12, 2014 by

Josh Rock Joins College Recruiter as National Account Manager, Corporate Sales

Josh Rock

Josh Rock

MINNEAPOLIS, MN, March 12, 2014 – College Recruiter, the leading niche job board for college students hunting for internships and recent graduates looking for entry level jobs and other career opportunities, today announced that Josh Rock has joined its sales team as its new national account manager for corporate sales.

Josh comes to College Recruiter with 16 years of experience in helping large, medium, and small employers efficiently and effectively use social media, marketing, advertising, and applicant tracking systems (ATS). Josh has worked both for media partners such as JobDig Media and LinkedUp.com and within recruiting departments for employers such as Office Team and CentraCare Health System. He also has great passion for helping others learn whether he’s delivering job hunting tips to a classroom of students, presentations to a room full of recruiters, or helping professional associations and employers connect with keynote speakers for their events. (more…)

Posted March 11, 2014 by

Lori DeSousa Joins College Recruiter as National Account Manager, Corporate Sales

Lori DeSousa

Lori DeSousa

MINNEAPOLIS, MN, March 11, 2014 – College Recruiter, the leading niche job board for college students hunting for internships and recent graduates looking for entry level jobs and other career opportunities, today announced that Lori DeSousa has joined its sales team as its new national account manager for corporate sales.

Lori comes to College Recruiter with 16 years of account and project management, client relations, marketing, consultative sales and recruitment ad agency experience. She has a wealth of experience in working with employer clients who hire dozens, hundreds, and even thousands of college students and recent graduates a year as well as the recruitment advertising agencies which buy media for and otherwise represent those clients. Lori was a senior media planning / buyer for CACI International from 2004 through 2007, account director / media strategist for TMP Worldwide’s Government division from 2007 through 2010, and business relations consultant for the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) from 2011 through 2013. (more…)

Posted March 10, 2014 by

Jamara Cheek Joins College Recruiter as National Account Manager, Government Sales

Jamara Cheek

Jamara Cheek

MINNEAPOLIS, MN, March 10, 2014 – College Recruiter, the leading niche job board for college students hunting for internships and recent graduates looking for entry level jobs and other career opportunities, today announced that Jamara Cheek has joined its sales team as its new national account manager for government sales.

From 2008 through 2014, Jamara was the metro area manager of the Minnesota Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC). Jamara comes to College Recruiter with a wealth of experience helping small- and medium-sized organizations win more business from federal, state, and local government agencies by providing hands-on coaching and technical assistance for registrations, certifications, bid/proposal development, GSA Multiple Award Schedule contracts, invoicing, subcontracting, and networking within the government. In that role, Jamara developed expertise in: (more…)