Something New

16 October 2016

You may or may not be aware, but yesterday I started my new job, my first paid Saturday job. Never having worked at a salon before, I didn't really know what to expect from the industry. However, since I have two voluntary jobs already, I kind of had a general idea of what to expect. Therefore, I thought I'd give some advice on how first days have been for me and how you can make the best out of your first day of work.

Firstly, don't be afraid to ask for help. You might think you're not supposed to be constantly asking how to do things, but I've come to the conclusion that that's what first days are all about. In the first couple of weeks, it's alright to stand and watch how to do things to get the gist of it all. However, don't just stand in the corner twiddling your thumbs, because you'll find that there's always something that needs doing. 

Following on from this, have confidence. If you start out quite shy or have a timid personality, jobs that involve working with and helping other people are the best you can have to work on your confidence. If you know me, you'll know that I'm a pretty shy person when I'm out of my comfort zone, but already having the experience of working helped me a lot yesterday. 

Wear appropriate clothes. If you've been given a uniform, you're pretty much good to go, but if you haven't, try to follow the uniform guidelines of your workplace as closely as possible. It a) looks more professional and b) gives a good first impression of yourself. If your workplace doesn't have a specific uniform, still make sure you wear appropriate clothes (referring to reasons A and B!). 

Make conversation, both with customers and colleagues, because their will both improve your confidence and make you a more enjoyable person to work with. If you don't know anyone a first, then even more reason to do so. In making conversation, be polite and respectful.

And finally, enjoy yourself! There's no point in sitting/standing and watching the clock, thinking Only 3 more hours to go, because that way, you're never going to make your job worthwhile. Not once yesterday, was I ready to go home – despite my majorly aching legs! – because I loved the atmosphere and gaining new skills when dealing with the general public.

I hope that you found this post beneficial and got a general idea of the first day experience. 

Anya x

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