Whether you just started your first work term or are about to start, you may be wondering how to ensure you make a great first impression. Keep reading for our First 30 Days Checklist to help you feel prepared leading up to and as you start your work term!
Before You Start:
- Confirm your start date and arrival time and location for your first day with your employer.
- Ask if there are any tasks you should complete or information you need to provide in advance to support your onboarding.
- Research the organization.
- Ask if you need security clearance and what processes to follow.
- Have your transportation arrangements ready (ex. if you’re taking the bus, check routes and times before your first day), allowing you to arrive early.
- Ask your employer about the organization’s dress code and refer to our blog on professional dress to help you decide what to wear.
- Having your personal information prepared is crucial: Social Insurance Number, permanent address, emergency contact number, etc.
Once You Start:
- Understand your obligations (work hours, expected overtime, travel requirements, etc.).
- Understand your benefits (holidays, health plan, pension plan, etc.).
- Make a good impression. Show your employer and coworkers you’re right for the job.
- Get to know as many people as you can during your work term to build your professional network.
- If you have a mentor or buddy, be thoughtful in your interactions. Don’t take up too much of their time. Offer to buy coffee and find out the best ways to communicate with them.
- Save a printed or electronic copy of your job description (hint: you’ll need this for your work term report!).
- Learn the organizational norms (coffee breaks, supplies, parking, dress code, personal calls, etc.). Pay attention to your organization’s culture. Your ability to understand and adapt is fundamental to the impression you will make and how much you will enjoy your time there.
- Familiarize yourself with the organization’s policies and procedures, and avoid conducting personal business through the organization’s email or internet systems.
- Maintain confidentiality. Don’t discuss your organization’s business, clients, or competitors outside the workplace. If you’re in a position where your work is overlapping with your personal interests (ex. a friend or relative), inform your supervisor of the potential conflict of interest.
- Establish professional and effective work habits early. Be enthusiastic, take initiative, focus on producing accurate work, take your responsibilities seriously, and commit to your work.
Listening is so important, and yet so hard to do, especially when you are absorbing a lot of new information. What can you do to help you remember what you’re learning? Write it down! Take detailed and effective notes you can refer back to during your first 30 days and the remainder of your work term.
We’re Here to Help!
If you need assistance or advice during your work term, don’t hesitate to reach out to your Career and Recruitment Specialist. Contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 902-494-1515.
And don’t forget to stay connected with MCS throughout your work term for important updates and information. Keep an eye on your Dal email during your work term. Read our e-newsletter, and follow us on Instagram and LinkedIn.