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Posted June 09, 2016 by

Taking onboarding to the next level

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Congratulations! You’ve landed your dream job – or at least the job that now represents a stepping stone on the path to that dream job. Either way, a new experience is on the horizon.

All companies, regardless of size, have an onboarding process. The onboarding process welcomes new employees to the organization. Some companies formalize the process and run it through a distinct human resources department. Others may have a more informal process that connects new employees with a more seasoned professional to help you learn the ropes.

Regardless of which process you encounter, making the most of your onboarding experience is a great way to begin your new career.

Since you never have a second chance to make the first impression, take the bull by the horn and rock your onboarding experience.

Be Punctual

This should go without saying, but show up on time – early even – when starting a new job. Showing up on time shows that you respect your colleagues’ time. They are busy professionals, and the onboarding process may be tightly scheduled in among a number of competing priorities.

If you’re unfamiliar with the area, take a dry run at locating the office in normal traffic to ensure you know the route. Above all, leave extra time for unexpected events.

Be Personable

A smile goes a long way when meeting new people for the first time. Dust off your most social persona and make it available during the onboarding process. Find out what you can about the company culture, important dates to consider, and what it takes to be a successful employee with your new employer.

Be Proactive

Many companies will assign workplace mentors to new hires. Mentors generally serve as someone who can help you get established, answer routine questions as you get settled, or direct you to the appropriate resources to find the correct assistance. If the mentoring program is not defined, ask your contact if they can recommend a senior employee and make the connection. Mentors are likely extremely busy, so reach out to a workplace mentor and set up a lunch meeting. Use that downtime to establish a relationship, seek advice, or learn more about the company’s culture or advancement prospects.

Be Pensive

Ask questions. Use the onboarding process to find out as much as you can about the new company, your new positions, and your new coworkers. If applicable, find out as much as you can about expectations for someone in your position. Learn as much as you can about training options available. Connect with any social or philanthropic organizations sponsored by your new company to connect with other employees and begin building your network.

Be Productive

While you were hired for a specific position, the onboarding process may expose you to a wide range of functions and opportunities available in the company. Gather as much information as you can. Look for opportunities to make your mark – even on your first day. If there are processes that can be improved or angles which can be exploited for cost savings or revenue generation, find out who would be the best person to submit those suggestions moving forward. Innovative ideas and process improvement strategies are valuable skills to help you stand out.

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Guest writer Vera Marie Reed is a freelance writer living in Glendale, California. This mother of two specializes in education and parenting content. When she’s not delivering expert advice, you can find her reading, writing, arts, going to museums and doing craft projects with her children.

Posted July 30, 2014 by

Out There Networking for Entry Level Jobs? 10 Tips that Still Work Today

For people networking for entry level jobs, consider applying these 10 tips in the following post that might seem old school to you, but can still work in today’s job market.

In today’s fast-paced world of branded personal narratives and social media blitzes, it can be hard to slow down. You live in the golden age of ceaseless self-promotion, but that doesn’t mean your every exhale needs to contain a horn-tooting statement nor your every keystroke a mini press release. Yet, to many people, this is exactly what

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Posted July 14, 2014 by

Make These 5 Common Career Mistakes and You Get the Pink Slip

Junior worker getting fired by senior manager, pointing his hand and finger

Junior worker getting fired by senior manager, pointing his hand and finger. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

You graduate out of a good university and give multiple rounds of interviews to finally land your dream job, but did you know you may be given the pink slip even for seemingly trivial mistakes such as turning up late or being too open on Facebook?

Avoid these five commonly made mistakes if you want to retain your job. (more…)

Posted January 31, 2014 by

How to stand out in a group interview

Stressful people waiting on a job interview

Stressful people waiting on a job interview. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Job interviews can be nerve-wracking on the best of days, but a group interview can take those nerves to a whole new level. The atmosphere oozes with competition, as everyone fights to be heard and make the best impression. How do you stand out in a room full of other job applicants who might be just as qualified as you are?

Group interview tips

Group interviews are a great time-saver for potential employers, and provide a unique atmosphere in which to examine communication and social skills. This type of interview serves as a test of leadership and teamwork, two qualities that are high on the priority list of any hiring team. Some interviews might be a simple give-and-take of questioning and interaction, but others could present the group with a problem to solve or a debate to be had. (more…)

Posted January 20, 2014 by

See the world for free as a flight attendant

Smiling female flight attendant inside an airplane

Smiling female flight attendant inside an airplane. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Outline: There are different perspectives to the job of an air hostess. While for some the job is brilliant that gives you an opportunity to see the world for free, there are others who think they can do better on earth than up in the air. Get a better understanding of the job profile and required skill sets for a life up in the air.

The travel industry is growing at a rapid rate wherein everybody wants to travel and explore; there are new airlines or other transport services coming up every fortnight. There are way too many reasons why you would want to be associated with the travel and tourism industry. If you have the interest and zeal to explore, there is no better place to make a living than this one. Air hostess jobs are highly sought-after. Here are the few of the many reasons why you would want to become a flight attendant. (more…)

Posted December 23, 2013 by

How you can excel and stand out in a group interview

Two business people being interviewed by a manager

Two business people being interviewed by a manager. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

To put it simply, group interview can be a seemingly daunting task as you are faced with the added pressure of making sure that the employers bring their focus on you from a group of individuals who share the same intensity to earn a placement as you do. You may not realize it but an immense amount of emphasis is being laid on group interviews since there is a glut of people who are looking for employment and therefore, having them in a group together makes an employer’s job much simpler. When you have benefitted from job spidering and are ready for you interview, these tips listed below will ensure that you stand out in your group interview and impress your employers. (more…)