We’ve all had our chance or longed for the opportunity to speak with a colleague or executive who holds the ideal position we wish to occupy in the future. And the opportunity to meet and ask questions to understand if they had a similar path as us and faced the same struggles and overcame them is priceless.
Knowing I have been in this same situation myself, here is a meaningful tip, while short, can be helpful in a huge way.
Great Tips for a college graduate or professional starting their first job or transitioning to a new one on how to prepare for the first day!
1. Reward Yourself
Doing so will help build your confidence and help you put your best foot forward to make the best impression to your new team. Not only that, you outsmarted and out interviewed everyone you were up against. That deserves a thumbs up. By implying buying yourself something or even going out to dinner you are acknowledging your hard work, which will help frame your attitude and mindset on the first day.
I don’t know about you but don’t you hate it when you lock the bathroom door behind you just to find it has crept back open while some one is washing their hands at the sink bowl…DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF YOU.
And you go to lock it back tightly as if you didn’t do that the first time and now its safely secured and correctly locked in position. Oh Boy!!
Duhn Duhn Duhnnnn…..I had my meeting with my boss and it went well and the conversation was brief. He informed me of something I did not know which is, when you’re at a certain payscale within your job level or grade level you reach a max of what you can receive as a raise. In my case, the percentage I received had no reflection on my actual performance but rather the higher you are on the PayScale of your job level, the less you are able to receive before you need to receive a promotion to bump to the next level. So my next challenge is spending the rest of this year working to receive a promotion.
This is the first time I’ve ever taken my goals seriously. But I plan to start tracking my tasks and the various initiatives I plan to complete/spearhead to provide supporting argument for my next performance review. Wish me Luck!