Summer jobs can be a drag, but oftentimes a necessary hassle. While we all just want to lie around and be lazy or go out with friends during our three months of freedom, that is not always what we get to do. Here are five quick reminders for you as you start your summer job.
1. Adjust your sleep schedule.
Summertime equals sleep time, sure. But if you're working a summer job, particularly one that demands a standard start time of 9 a.m. or even the dreaded 8 a.m., you've got to refrain from staying up till 2 a.m. and lying in bed until noon. As lame as you might think it is, go to bed early. Even just going to bed at ten or eleven can make a huge difference compared to one or two.
2. Do laundry ahead of time.
The last thing you want is to wake up on the morning of your first day and realize the outfit you want to wear smells like last week. Be prepared to look as professional as the position requires. if you don't know what that looks like, there's some Googling in your future but, either way, have clean clothes at the ready.
3. Be on time.
It may sound like common sense, but a lot of people do not realize the seriousness of punctuality and the last thing you want to do on the first day is make a bad impression. Be on time every single day until you've established your professional commitment and know you have good relationship with your supervisor. Even after that, though, only be late in when you absolutely cannot avoid it. On your first day, you should be early by at least five minutes. If you think it'll take you ten minutes to get there, leave an extra five minutes early. That way, you not only have room to deal with traffic, getting lost, or poor parking, but you can show your boss your level of responsibility.
4. Plan out your route.
Nothing gets me stressed like not knowing where I'm going. Mapping out your driving route to work can really be calming and also prevent an encounter unanticipated traffic. Ask around to see which highways should be avoided at certain times and don't be afraid of back roads if it'll make your transit easier.
5. Figure out lunch plans.
How long do you have? Do you take a lunch? Do you eat out? Do you go home? The first day can be awkward, and planning things like your lunch break ahead of time can spare you a lot of anxiety on your first day.
Starting a new job can be overwhelming, but be sure to keep track of what you need to do to prepare, and you'll do fine. Good luck!