You’ve done the hard part of applying, interviewing, and enduring the endless waiting – you finally have the job. Beginning a new job is certainly exciting, but being the “new employee” on the floor is not always easy. It means a new onslaught of “firsts” is coming your way: a new environment, new skills to learn, new hours, new procedures, and new management. Making it through the first week may seem like an uphill climb, but it’s nothing you can’t handle. Check out WorkBox’s handy survival guide to help you make your first week on the job a breeze.

1. Get plenty of rest
Make sure that you begin your day with sufficient sleep (at least eight hours); especially if you are working a late or closing shift.

2. Know your way to work
Make sure you know the directions to work before your first shift. This will save you time and prevent any kind of last-minute panic in the morning.

3. Eat a healthy breakfast
Since you’ll be learning new tasks and meeting new people, your stress level likely will be a little higher, which means you’re going to need extra energy. Healthy eating is extremely helpful in boosting your energy and preparing you for a full day of work. Even if you’re not a breakfast person, break your habit this time. Try to eat something with protein, like eggs or peanut butter, to give you sufficient energy and to keep you full through lunchtime. Some health experts claim Vitamin B is also great for leveling stress and building energy.

4. Dress to impress
Skip the morning hassle and lay your clothes out the night before, even if you have a uniform. Make sure your clothes are wrinkle-free — yes, people will notice. If you have a choice, choose a look that is clean and professional (within the parameters your job, of course).

5. Take notes, especially of complicated procedures
Take a small notepad and pen with you on your first day to write down any specific details you’ll need to remember later. Asking questions later is always ok, but it will shows great initiative when you make an effort to learn the process the first time around.

6. Don’t be discouraged by easy tasks
In a new job, you might be given easier tasks at first until you’ve been there longer. This may be frustrating, especially if you were an expert at your previous job. Don’t worry; you’ll climb your way up as time goes on. For today, focus on excelling in your current task.

7. Don’t be stressed by difficult procedures
On the flip side, maybe you are overwhelmed by complicated procedures or systems that you are learning for the first time. If this is the case, ask plenty of questions and don’t be discouraged if you don’t get it right the first week. You will get it eventually! It takes time and patience, just keep persevering.

8. Understand your bosses’s managerial style
Does he/she prefer to know about every detail or only be told about big issues? Listen to your manager, and to the advice that others give you as you work through new procedures. Paying attention to your manager’s preferences now will help you in the end, and you’ll be able to communicate much easier.

9. Be detailed in your work
Remember this phrase: Never assume. Always ask. If anything, err on the side of being too detailed, asking too many questions, or being too careful your first few weeks on the job. Don’t let the small things slip under the rug. It’s always better to ask again than regret that you made a poor assumption. As time goes on, you will understand the expectations better and will be able to relax more. For now, stay on the side of caution.

10. Don’t be a loner
It’s rough feeling like the “new person” on staff. Make a point of reaching out to the people around you. It will help to break the ice and you will soon make new friends.

Here at WorkBox, new jobs are what get us up in the morning. We love sending people out on their first week and want to see you succeed. Are you getting ready to brave your first week? Leave us a comment about the helpful hints you have for surviving the first week of a new job. Whether you are starting a new job or searching for one, let WorkBox help you find the company that is the perfect match for your skill set. Contact any of our offices today for more information.

According to an article on usa.gov., finding a new job is one of the top five resolutions at the beginning of every January. Naturally, everybody starts out motivated, but then life happens and suddenly it’s another new year and another new list. Isn’t it time to take your “I need a new job” outbursts seriously and make a plan? Make 2015 the year you win the job-search game.

Of course, it’s hard to win any game without a strategy. You have the big-picture goal – a new job; now create, and commit to, a list of smaller goals that will help reach success.

Search smarter
Before the job hunt gets underway, know the basic traits you are looking for in a job:
• What kind of work interests you?
• What jobs fit your skill set?
• What hours are you willing to work (part-time, full-time, or seasonal)?
Your job search should focus on the skills in which you have experience or training. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t meet every requirement listed on a job description, though. Unless the company is asking for a certain level of experience, you can learn new skills on the job.

Improve your past mistakes
• Was your résumé out-of-date or unorganized?
• If you filled out an application, was it incomplete and sloppy?
• Were you late or unprepared for your interview?

From your résumé to your first meeting with your boss, first impressions are everything. Although the reason why you weren’t hired may have been out of your control, always put your best foot forward by staying sharp in your overall appearance in person and on paper. Check out
our blog for expert advice on the application process.

Stay connected with your recruiter
Trust us on this one. A recruiter at a staffing agency can be a big plus to your job search.
• They help you brush up on your résumé and interview skills
• They connect you with the right employer
• They look out for you when a new job opens
If you have a recruiter or had one in the past, keep in touch to let him or her know any changes to your search, or just to let them know how you are doing in your new job. If you’re looking for a staffing agency, contact WorkBox to learn more about the application process and meet with one of our recruiters.

Be patient, positive, and persistent
The job search can be a long and sometimes stressful process. Multiple applicants and/or other projects may slow the process down. Positive attitudes, patience, and persistence will still win the game. Hang in there and don’t neglect to:
• Call the company after one week to follow up
• Send a thank you note after an interview – even if you didn’t get the job

At WorkBox, we commit ourselves to partnering with you in your job search. Our recruiters are expert networkers who specialize in the manufacturing, industrial, warehouse, and office support careers. Give us a call and ask about our job openings today.

Whether you’ve got a job lined up or you’ve just started searching, the interview process can be the most nerve wracking part. Fear not! We’ve gained exclusive information from an interviewer that may help with your pre-interview jitters. And believe it or not, being nervous might be a good thing. We’ve interviewed Morgan, a Workbox employee who meets and interviews with hundreds of individuals on a weekly basis, to see how it feels to be on the other side of an interview.

Q: How are you able to distinguish a qualified candidate from the large pool of applicants that you interview with?

Morgan: Personally, I feel more confident placing candidates who are more attentive during the interview. I look for individuals who are able to communicate their responses completely. When someone lacks engagement, or if they seem bored, it really presents them as being unmotivated. These are the candidates that I don’t feel comfortable placing with our clients. Skills are definitely important in recruiting, but how an applicant presents themselves really makes a difference.

Q: Although you meet weekly with hundreds of candidates, there must be some that you really remember. What sets these individuals apart?

Morgan: There are a select few who make this kind of impression. Generally, these candidates were very appreciative of our services. It’s very clear who is thankful for an opportunity, because there are several who come in here with the expectation to have many job possibilities just handed to them. There’s a process to finding the best candidates, and the interview might be the first and last of the relationship between the applicant and the company. Be appreciative and show that you’re willing to prove that you’re trying to find employment.

Q: What are the advantages of applying for work through a temp service?

Morgan: There are misconceptions about temp services. Many people have the idea that the jobs are all short-term and temporary, when in reality, most positions are temp-to-hire. A lot of these positions leave room for advancement. By working through a temp service, job seekers can get their foot in the door and make their way up. Our goal as a temp agency is to find these individuals who are going to be successful, because every individual we place is a representation of us.

Q: How does Workbox Staffing compare to other staffing agencies?

Morgan: Workbox is determined to fulfill our client needs, much like other staffing agencies. What sets us apart is our teamwork. This industry is expanding, and our ability to work in a team environment is benefiting us tremendously. When we complete our daily job orders, we all cheer in the office. Our motivation and encouragement within the offices really sets us apart. I’m always very proud when I hear our workers say things like, “I’ve gone through other staffing agencies, and you guys have treated me so much better.” I’m glad I’m part of something that can make positive changes in so many lives.

Q: Do you have any general suggestions for those who may be scared of being interviewed?

Morgan: You shouldn’t be nervous because we’re only trying to get to know you. Focus on how you present yourself, not in the way you’re dressed, but in the way you act. The first impression is crucial. If you’re nervous, I can still see that you’re taking the interview seriously, as opposed to saying nothing at all and showing no initiative.

There you have it. Now you have nothing to worry about! Grab your resume, comb your hair, put on a smile and make an impression. The only thing stopping yourself from your future job is yourself. Meet with Morgan or our other representatives today to discuss your potential job opportunities!