8 Tips For Day-One Of Your Summer Job Or Internship

8 Tips For Day-One Of Your Summer Job Or Internship

How to make a good first impression on your first day on the job.

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Summer break has finally just begun for a lot of students in college. For some students, this means that it's time to start relaxing or pack their bags for vacation. But for other students, it might mean it's time to start working a job. Jobs during the summer can be different than working during the school year since they often involve more hours which can result in less time for doing fun things. However, if you are working during the summer, there are a few things you should keep in mind for your first day on the job.

1. Don't be late

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For one thing, make sure that you are not late on your first day. If you're late, this will make a bad impression. Make sure that you give yourself five minutes to clock in. Also, if you are required to come in early for training, then make sure that you get to your workplace early enough. Just make sure that you aren't late for your first day so that you don't show your supervisor that you are the type of person who they can't count on to be on time.

2. Dress appropriately

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Whether you're working in a department store, restaurant, or behind a desk, make sure that you are following the dress code. Plus, it sets a good first impression to your boss or supervisor.

3. Make sure you don't work too many hours

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If you are setting up your work schedule during the summer on the first day, make sure that you aren't overbooking yourself. Having a summer job can be hard since you will often want to relax or enjoy the summer rather than working. However, one way to solve this is designated time for yourself to relax or engage in summer activities. So make sure that you aren't overworking yourself during the summer.

4. Make a good first impression

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On the first day of a summer job, you'll want to make a good first impression on your supervisor and coworkers. You will definitely want to show others that you were a good choice for the job. Making a good first impression also sets you up for success later on with the job.

5. Show enthusiasm

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Try to show enthusiasm during your first day of your summer job! Even if you wish that you could be relaxing during the summer, you need to still show enthusiasm. You will want to show your supervisor that they made the right decision in hiring you.

6. Pay close attention to instructions and training

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This especially goes if you are working as a waiter. If your first day will include a day of job training, make sure that you are listening carefully to any advice or instruction that you are given. Also, be willing to ask any questions while you are being trained. You definitely want to make a good first impression and show that you are capable of following instructions.

7. Don't be afraid to ask questions or ask for help

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If you find yourself struggling, try asking your coworkers any questions or help. If they're the ones watching you on your first day, they will be willing to answer any questions or offer help. But make sure that you ask them when they're not too busy.

8. Try not to get too overwhelmed

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Lastly, one of the most important things to keep in mind when working a summer job is to not let yourself become too overwhelmed by everything. It's very easy to become overwhelmed on your first day of any job. However, remember that everyone gets overwhelmed on their first day regardless of any job. In fact, when I first worked at the advising center on my campus, I was extremely overwhelmed the first day with taking in all of the information I needed to know for answering phone calls. But trust me, by the end of the second or third week, you will become used to working.

So if you find yourself getting ready to work a job over the summer, follow these tips so that you're ready for your first day. Working a summer job is just like working any job. It requires a lot of work and commitment. However, being able to have extra money to spend over the summer definitely makes it worth it.

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45 Things Daycare Workers Say All Too Often

Toddlers are pretty much tiny, drunk people.
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Being the keeper of tiny humans can be a very interesting job. You are constantly breaking up arguments, cleaning up messes, trying to keep them safe, and telling them not to do things that are well, sometimes pretty weird. They do and say the strangest things that'll make you wonder what is really going on in their little heads.

1. "No no no, don't do..." *Something crashes to the floor* "... that."

2. "Bubbles in your mouths, everybody!"

3. "No, we don't eat our friend's snack."

4. "Hands to yourself."

5. "Get off of the table before you hurt yourself."

6. "Why do we even give them spoons?"

7. "We don't put toys in our mouths"

8. "Did you wash your hands?"

9. "Where do we run? Where are we right now?"

10. "Where are your shoes?"

11. "We don't talk like that here."

12. "Go tell them you're sorry"

13. "Get your finger out of your nose"

14. "Inside voices please!"

15. "Everyone find a buddy."

16. "Ew, ew, ew, somebody get me a tissue!"

17. "How did your shoes untie already? I just tied them five minutes ago."

18. "We do nice with our hands."

19. "Oh god, it's spaghetti day."

20. "Please, do not put noodles in your hair."

21. "Hold hands until we are on the playground!"

22. "5 little monkeys jumping on the bed, one fell off and bumped his head..."

23. "Do you have to poop?"

24. "Well, you should at least try."

25. "Why didn't you go to the potty before we went outside."

26. "If I hear "Let it go" one more time..."

27. "Hot dog, hot dog, hot diggity dog.."

28. "Mommy and Daddy will come back, I promise."

29. "No, no biting!"

30. "She had it first, you'll just have to wait until she's done."

31. "Ew, why are you dipping everything in applesauce?"

32. "Now, are you going to eat the vegetable with the ranch or just the ranch?"

33. "Then why did you say you weren't eating a snack?"

34. "Put your arms back in your sleeves."

35. *Five minutes before closing* "Where are your parents??"

36. "I finally got him to sleep, everyone be quiet."

37. *You see one eye open* "Oh no..."

38. "Wow, all your kids are still sleeping!?" (We wish we said this more often)

39. "Don't eat that, it was on the floor!"

40. "Glue the googly eyes on here." *Puts the eyes anywhere but there*

41. "Stop fighting over who's going to turn off the lights, you'll get a turn tomorrow."

42. "Don't shove so much food in your mouth at once, you'll choke!"

43. "Chew and swallow your food before you get up."

45. "Don't touch anything until we wash your hands!"

As weird as these small people are, they are some of the sweetest beings on the planet. And although they drive you crazy, at the end of the day, they make you love your job.

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5 Things To Know Before Starting A New Job

Starting a new job can be scary, but by knowing these five things, things will get easier.

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Starting a new job –especially if it's your very first job– can be scary. If you're anything like me, new experiences and routines can be hard to grasp, making things a lot harder and anxiety-riddled than they should be. When I first started working at my job, I could not stop shaking no matter the number of times I told myself to "calm down." I felt like I was doing everything wrong and was worried I would never be able to handle what was expected of me.

Day by day, I started to see myself becoming much more familiar with what was expected of me and gradually gained the much-needed confidence my job required me to have. Below are five things I wish I would have known before starting my job so as to make the transition smoother and easier.

1. Everyone makes mistakes especially when you're new at something.

I'm my harshest critic when it comes to literally everything I do, so when I mess up, I immediately feel like it's the end of the world. It can be hard to cut yourself slack especially when you're as particular and detail-oriented as me, but it's important to understand that things don't always have to come naturally to you; messing up is part of life, and without it, there can be no improvements.

2. Things take time to become habits.

I was always the kid who cried on the first day of school because I hated change and hated having to adopt a new routine. Before starting my job, I wish I would've accepted the fact that I wasn't going to know everything and anything the first day and that it was going to take some time to figure everything out.

3. It's normal to ask for help.

I absolutely hate asking for help, especially when I'm not comfortable with the person I'm asking, but it's important to reach out to your coworkers with concerns and questions so you can learn what you don't know and grow as an employee.

4. Not every customer is going to be nice and that's OK.

I work at a very busy restaurant that sees a wide variety of people; some customers are patient and nice while others have no regard for their actions or words. I shut down when I hear criticism or when someone isn't nice towards me, but I have learned that dealing with others is just a part of the job. I wish I would have learned beforehand to not take angry customers seriously since they don't even know me personally.

5. It's important to be friendly with your coworkers.

Being "friendly" with your coworkers and becoming friends with them are two very different things. In my opinion, having people to talk when things are slow or go to when you have a problem makes the time at work go by very fast; you have to work with these people, so why not try and make it somewhat enjoyable?

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