How to Survive Your First Days on the Job

April 5th, 2011

Congratulations! If you just landed a new job in Houston, you’re probably pretty excited…and maybe a little nervous too. It’s completely natural to feel a bit anxious. After all, your job satisfaction has a big impact on your quality of life as a whole. To help you make the best of your new opportunity – and survive the first few days, here are some do’s and don’ts to follow:

DO dress for success.

People form an impression of you within the first few seconds of meeting you. So you want to look your best because how people perceive you can have a major impact on your future success within the company.

DO get to work early and stay late.

Even though you may not have a lot of work to do immediately, those first few days can really set the tone for your tenure with the employer. You want to establish early on that you’re motivated and enthusiastic; not a clock-watcher.

DO ask a lot of questions.

It’s easy to talk a lot about yourself, especially as you’re meeting new people. But don’t forget to ask questions so that you can learn as much as possible about your new Houston job and your new employer. Most people typically like to help out others and will gladly offer you information and advice.

DO be friendly and open.

Meeting an entire staff of new people at once can be overwhelming, especially if you’re a little shy. But make a big effort. Having strong relationships with your co-workers will make you more of an asset to the company and will increase your overall happiness. So try to get to know everyone’s names as quickly as possible and find common ground with them.

DO ask for help.

Don’t be afraid of being perceived as needy or incompetent if you ask for help. Nobody expects you to hit the ground running and achieve major milestones within your first few weeks on the job. Plus, you’re much better off asking for help and getting it right, then making a major mistake.

DON’T complain about your old job.

You don’t want your first foot forward at your new company to be a negative one.

DON’T over-promise.

You want to make a great impression, so it can be tempting to bite off more than you can chew. But this can cause you to stress and burnout quickly. So if you already have a lot on your plate, and are asked to take on more, be honest. It’s much better to under-promise and over-deliver.

DON’T try to change the status quo immediately.

Learn how things work at your new company first; then offer solutions or ideas for making processes or procedures better.

DON’T get too stressed.

Chances are, you’re going to make a few mistakes or do something in a different way than what your co-workers are used to. But relax. Within a couple of months, you’ll probably feel like an old pro in your new position.

And if you’re a job seeker looking forward to having a first day “on the job,” please contact Murray Resources. As a Houston employment firm, we can help you find a great job!

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How to Use LinkedIn to Find a Job

June 22nd, 2010

Not on LinkedIn? Then you’re missing out on a huge opportunity to promote your skills and search for jobs in Houston. In fact, the professional connections you make on LinkedIn can truly give you an advantage in your job search – and in your career.

Here’s how to get started:

Create your profile.

Think of your LinkedIn profile as your online resume. Create a detailed profile, including past employment, education, and qualifications. Also be sure to include keywords (such as Houston civil engineer) so that you will be easily found. If you have a professional headshot, you may also want to upload that to your profile.

Build your network.

The more connections you make, the more opportunities you will have. With that said…don’t go crazy with your connections. Only connect to people you know and trust.

Reach out.

Let your network know that you’re looking for a job in Houston, TX. The more people who know you’re looking, the faster you may be able to find a job.

Get recommendations.

Recommendations from people you have worked with in the past carry a lot of weight. A variety of positive recommendations will put you in the best possible light to potential employers in Houston.

Search jobs.

Use the job search section to find job listings you may be interested in.

Ask & answer questions.

The Answers section in LinkedIn is a great way to increase your visibility, as well as enhance your credibility within your particular field. Respond to questions, and ask a question if you need information.

Check if a company is still hiring.

Many companies today have their own pages on LinkedIn. So if there is a Houston company you’d like to work for, go to their LinkedIn profile and check out their “New Hire” section to see if anyone new has recently joined the company. Also, look to see if you know any of the company’s current employees so you can make a connection.

Get to the hiring manager.

If you do know someone at the company, ask that individual to forward your resume to the hiring manager. Hiring managers are much more apt to review a resume that comes from someone they know.

Find out about the company.

Again, if you know someone at the company, ask them for the inside scoop on getting hired at that company. If you don’t have an “in” at the company, then take a look at the profiles of existing employees to get a better sense of the backgrounds and experience of people who already work at the company.

Searching for a job can be a daunting challenge. But by leveraging the power of social media, you may be able to find the job of your dreams a lot quicker. And if you still need helping finding the right job opportunity here in Houston, TX, please contact Murray Resources. As a premier employment firm serving the Houston area, we can connect you with a variety of Houston job opportunities in fields such as administration, engineering, accounting/finance, and sales and customer service.  We look forward to helping you!


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