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23 Nov 2016
by Rolf

How to teach yourself to code in 3 months

This weeks guest blogger is Chris Sean. A junior web developer in Orange County, CA. Here’s his story on becoming a web developer in 3 months.
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I taught myself very basic code in the span of 3 months because I wanted to get out of a dead end job.

After 2 weeks of applying, I got hired as a junior web developer making double what I earned in my previous job. Let’s just say the average income in the US is $50k a year. I’m just right under that. (At this time, I still only knew the basics of creating a website).

They promised to give me a review after 3 months to discuss a VERY possible 33% raise to bring my salary up to amount I never thought would be possible in my life, considering I failed at returning in HS and college.

This is absolutely insane for someone in my position. I barely graduated high school, hated college, and was just living my life not knowing where I ended up.

If you told me 6 months ago I’d be in this position I would call you insane.

As of now, I am working to hone my skills and I am very confident that if all doesn’t go well here, I’ll eventually qualify for a job that pays me $80–90k/yr in just a matter of time. And yes, I have no loans to pay.

John Morris actually heard my story 3 months ago and decided to make a video on my situation on Youtube

Just wanted to add, it has been 3 months since I’ve been hired. Will have my review next week as well.

As of now, HTML & CSS3 is like breathing. You don’t really think about how to use it anymore since you use it every single day.

My JavaScript has improved much more quickly than expected. I am learning jQuery but that too is becoming much more comfortable.

The goal for my company is to have me grow into a full-stack developer. So my goal is to begin learning PHP by the end of November or mid December (6 months in).

Although my side goals will be to learn Ajax, get even better in JavaScript to learn Node.js. And because I would love to get a job at google which is just down the street I will casually study Java or C++ on the side.

Also, when I say I taught myself code. I meant that I taught myself code via Start learning at Treehouse for free!

I’ve studied using Udacity and other coding websites but teamtreehouse is the way to go. Here is a referral discount if you wish to try out their 7 day free trial here.

How did I get this job?

2 weeks ago, my boss at my previous company threatened to fire me if I continue to put God and church first before work. (It never got in the way of work, but I guess he was uncomfortable with me being passionate about my faith as well).

So as a result, I decided to put matter in my own hands. I applied everywhere (by this time I’ve been coding for 3 months). EVERYDAY, I made sure to apply to at least 1–2 web development jobs I thought I could do even if I did not match 100% of what they were looking for. 2 weeks later, I see an ad looking for a web developer who knows the following languages: Experience in PHP, MySQL, Ruby, or Haskell, and web languages such as CSS and HTML, are a plus.(I ONLY know 2 of the 6 languages they required)

I saw they didn’t require JS so I applied immediately! I got a response from the owner and he decided to interview me the next day. Because of how excited I was and the fact this owner would interview me with zero experience I knew I had little chance to get the job.

What did I do to enhance my chance? I finished the website I’ve been working on for weeks which should have been done in a few days if I had put more effort. I showed it to him during the interview. I explained how I specialized in bootstrap and one page websites. He fell in love with how clear and simple my site was and hired me on the spot.

I will give my letter of resignation to my current employer on Monday. Collect my check and move to a new chapter of my life in the web development industry.

Everyone in my life looked down on me as if I could never succeed in life. So, I did everything I can to put myself in a position where I can do nothing but succeed.

If someone like me (no college degree) can do it. You certainly can. Good luck on your journey in becoming a web developer!

Check out the website I used during my interview here → LIFTER | BELIEVER | FRONT-END NINJA – Its very simple. Get to the point. And most of all, I put my personality and who I am into the page.

Chris Sean
Snapchat: cdabs718 | RealChrisSean@gmail.com | Twitter @RealChrisSean

Women Who live (and love) Technology are Women in Tech

This week’s guest blogger is Tanya Jones, Senior Manager of Corporate Recruiting at HomeAdvisor.

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As a recruiter, I read a lot of blogs and articles focused on increasing the number of women in technology – or if we’re being real, focused on how [insert large tech company’s brand here] is hiring women into engineering roles, and how you can too! While I am all about adding more women to our engineering teams, I feel as though our recruiting conversations focus a LOT on the software developers, and forget the other women who live (and love) technology.

One of our interns this summer is about to start her senior year of high school. She attends an inner city school that has managed to build a strong STEAM program through many grants, and she spent 6 weeks with us working on projects across the entire Software Development Lifecycle. The two weeks she spent with our programmers made her want to cry. She learned some Java basics, and did well on all her projects, but she was not happy. Her last two weeks with us were spent in our software testing group, writing use cases and finding bugs. She thrived, and absolutely loved the problem solving that testing presented to her – so much so that she told me on her last day that she’s pursuing more technology courses that she wasn’t going to take before her internship, and is looking at technology-related majors for when she heads off to college.

Some of the most amazing women in technology I know are not engineers. These women are product managers, responsible for devising a product strategy and roadmap for apps that are changing person-to-person communication. They are user experience researchers and designers who know more about our customers’ habits than our customers know about themselves. They are digital marketing specialists who have to re-learn Google’s algorithm every time they decide to change it, and tweak our SEO and SEM strategies so that we have top-ranked search engine results. They are analysts who write complex queries and run hundreds of lines of data through their own algorithms to monitor our business performance. These women are integral to our business and our technology just as much as their engineering counterparts.

Please do not misconstrue my thoughts – I know several awesome female engineers and web developers, and would love to see more of them in our engineering teams. Coding is a valuable skill, and we should systemically encourage girls to explore computer science and engineering as possible career paths. But let’s not limit the conversation around “women in technology” to “women engineers.” If you are a female working for a technology company, no matter your role, you are a woman in technology.

Find out more about HomeAdvisor here

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01 Jul 2016
by Rolf

Most Job Seekers Miss This Personal Branding Opportunity

This weeks guest blogger is personal branding guru, Matt Holmes, founder of the Handshakin community.

Creative Personal Branding book that gives tips on how to get create your personal brand both online and in person

The time to begin considering Personal Branding is now! The branding mindset gives you tools that differentiate between scoring big opportunities and being forgotten.

The tool that makes the most significant impact is a website on your own domain (yourname.com) that represents your personal brand.
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Shocking Statistics And Missed Opportunities

Here is something to think about: A 2013 article on the Forbes website states that 56% of hiring managers admit that candidates having a personal website are highly impressive, but only 7% of them actually have a one.

The world of work is becoming both more exciting and frightening; competition for career positions at all levels is fiercer than ever before.

To beat the crowd, you will have to think like you are a business owner.

The flip side of this mindset change means that you will have to treat your employees and network of contacts more like customers too. Whether you’re a business owner or job seeker in America, your job is to be clear on what value you will provide to your target market.

Reap The Benefits Of Having A Website

The most successful workers of the future will be the ones who understand that a personal website is a vital platform on which to promote your skill set​. When you have a personal website that represents your brand you immediately establish 4 objectives:
–It builds your network of influence
–Demonstrates your credibility and builds trust
–Establishes you as an expert in your field
–A platform to which you can drive leads from your personal network

Become a boss, negotiate your salary, launch your next startup with leads, and put yourself out there. Quit hiding…

Join The 7 Percent

If you do nothing about your brand, most likely, not much will happen, but not in the right way, it means a smaller network of contacts and fewer to no job offers, precisely at the time that branded applicants are beginning to win the best offers.

The entrepreneurs, business leaders, and job seekers who start now will have a head start in regards to personal opportunity, success, and achievement. It’s a scramble to compete with the crowd so launch your brand today and start improving.

Contact us if you need help writing monthly blog posts, we will complimentary build a website to represent your brand. Learn more about our service HandBrander here.

Women In Tech Conference

Colorado Technology Association put on an amazing Women in Tech Conference on June 10th, 2016. The event consisted of 9 female leaders in the IT industry speaking on their accomplishments and encouraging other women to strive in their journey in the tech industry. Followed by break out sessions lead by thought provoking females in tech. The conference was hosted outside at the beautiful Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield.

Thank you to all of the speakers:
Kim Wilmsen Brown, VP of IT, Arcadis
Lori Kirkland, VP of Experience Transformation, Universal Mind and SheSays
Molly Kocialski, Director, Rocky Mountain Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Eve Maler, VP of Innovation and Emerging Technology, ForgeRock
Frannie Matthews, Senior Location Executive, IBM
Molly Rauzi, CTO, Gagen MacDonald
Dionne Gomez, Account Manager & Consultant, Gagen MacDonald
Bijal Shah, VP Analytics & Data Products, Ibotta
Lisa Whitehouse, Director of IT Operations, CH2M

More about:
CTA http://www.coloradotechnology.org/
Denver Botanic Gardens http://www.botanicgardens.org/chatfield-farms

17 May 2016
by Rolf
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How to Work with Recruiters to Build a Mutually Successful Relationship

Strengthen relationships with recruiters for current job searches and for your future career.

As a former Recruiter and now as a Resume Writer, I have been on both sides of the business, recruiting candidates as well as recommending clients to my network for help in finding opportunities.

Since a large number of organizations hire staffing/consulting companies to fill their positions nowadays, it is in your best interest to make sure you are working with Recruiters who know you and will look out for opportunities for you. It is important to understand how Recruiters operate, what their agendas are and how you can work together for a mutually beneficial relationship. Their time and your time are valuable so here are some tips and insight from both perspectives to ensure everyone benefits.

*First you should always make sure your resume is top notch before you send it to a Recruiter. You need to make a good first impression and you must sell yourself professionally and effectively, before you will be sent to their clients. Also, make sure your LinkedIn profile has a photo and is professionally written. Almost every Recruiter will review your profile before engaging with you.

Tips on working with Recruiters:

1. You should engage and build a relationship with 3-4 Recruiters and agencies that specialize in your sector/industry and have opportunities in your target location, which are willing to work with you and present you to their clients. If possible, you should meet in person to cement to your relationship.
2. Recruiters can be your strongest ally and they can be instrumental in finding you your next opportunity, if you build your professional relationship with them properly. They get paid when they place you, so they will ALWAYS be your best advocate, if you prove you are a good candidate.
3. Be clear about what you want and what you don’t want. Make sure you are transparent on the opportunities you are interested in, the salary you will accept etc… so they don’t waste your time on jobs that are not a fit.
4. Be open and honest about your current salary. It will come out in employment verification. If you lie, you risk losing the opportunity.
5. Be truthful about your skills and experience. If you don’t know how to do something, it will come out in an interview when they ask detailed questions about it. You are better off to say you don’t know a skill but offer a way to learn it or reference an alternative skill that would be similar. Don’t embarrass yourself or your Recruiter.
6. Organizations hire staffing/consulting agencies to evaluate potential candidates for their open jobs (skills, experience, technical and cultural fit). Their goal is to assess and find the best match and they put forth a lot of time and effort to make sure they are pleasing both you and their client.
When you engage with a Recruiter for a specific position, they need to know if you have other potential opportunities. This helps to also gently push their clients to make a faster decision if they are interested in you. It is very difficult to take you through the entire process, work hard to get you an offer and then find out you have another option. Just keep the lines of communication open.
7. Be a good candidate by showing up to all interviews with them, and with their client, on time and professionally dressed. Be prepared with several copies of your resume, questions about the company etc…
8. Do not hesitate to ask Recruiters about their processes as well as their client’s, so you know what to expect. They want you to be on the same page as they are.
9. Treat interviews with Recruiters the same as with a hiring manager. Send them a thank you, post-interview etc…. It builds solid relationships.
10. You will want to stay in touch with Recruiters, based on a mutually agreed upon timeframe that shows you are interested, but not a nuisance. Recruiters, like anyone else, are busy, working hard to match candidates with opportunities, and you probably won’t hear from them if they don’t have something for you. They must prioritize their time and it’s not intended to be rude. Be respectful of their time. It is important to keep yourself at top of their mind, but within reason.
11. If you don’t hear back from a Recruiter, don’t hesitate to follow up. They should let you know if the position was filled, you were not chosen etc… However, they are human and can forget to let you know in the middle of a busy day.
12. Give referrals, they are very much appreciated by Recruiters and they will return the favor to you. Some companies provide referral bonuses as well, so don’t hesitate to ask.

If you need help ensuring your resume and LinkedIn profile are top-notch for submitting/viewing, if you need guidance on working with recruiters or if you need to be connected to some recruiters, I can help!!

Guest Blogger: Nicki Massman
Professional Impressions Resume Writing Service
Website: www.proimpressionsbiz.com
Email: proimpressions@hotmail.com
Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/nickiresumewriter

08 Apr 2016
by Rolf
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20 Questions you Should Ask During Your Next Networking Event

Ah, networking. When it comes to this essential business activity, people usually fall into one of two categories: either they thrive on the prospect of socializing with people for a number of hours, or they simply dread it. Either way, these quick tips should help you make the most out of your networking experience.

The Preparation

To ensure everything goes smoothly, you should prepare before the event. First thing’s first: your LinkedIn should be polished and updated. Regardless of your goal at the event, you should be ready in case you want to follow up with someone, or people decide to look you up. Make sure you have plenty of updated business cards as well. Have your elevator speech or personal brand pitch ready (for more info on creating a great pitch about yourself, click here.)

Next, spend some time thinking about your goals and agenda for the event. Forbes says to lose your personal agenda and set a goal to help as many people as possible while you’re there. Networking has moved away from a selfish activity and has become much more focused on helping others.

College Prep offers the idea of coming up with 2 or 3 topics beforehand to keep in your back pocket in case there is an awkward silence. Think of a few questions you can ask people to get them talking about themselves. Don’t forget to include a personal question as well. Building rapport is a major part of establishing a relationship.

Most importantly, relax and be yourself. It’s okay to be shy, you don’t need to try to be someone you’re not while networking. People can sense the insincerity. Don’t feel pressured to act a certain way.

During the Networking Event

Hopefully all of your careful preparation has helped you to relax now that the event is here. To start a conversation, here are a few helpful questions or statements you can use to approach someone:

1. “Have you been to one of these events before?” (This one being my favorite)
2. “I just have to say how much I love your [dress/skirt/shoes/etc.]. Where is it from?”
3. “So, what brought you here tonight?”
4. “Have you heard [name of speaker] before? What did you think?”
5. “Are you from the area or did you travel here tonight?”
6. “How did you get involved with [name of organization]”?
7. “Think they’re serving appetizers tonight? I have to admit, I’m starving!”
8. “How long have you been with [name of organization]?”
9. “Hi, I’m doing a poll—will you or won’t you buy the new Apple Watch?”
10. “What did you think of [name of speaker]”?
11. “What do you like to do for fun outside of work?”
12.  “Where is the bar?”
13. “Do you know if they have a social media account I can tag?”
14. “Which cocktail did you order?”
15. “What do you do at [name of company]?”
16. “How did you get into [industry]?”
17. “Hi, I’m [name]. I just wanted to say I’m such a fan of your work.”
18. “Hi, I’m [name]. I just wanted to say I really enjoyed your speech.”
19. “Do you know if there are any good restaurants around here?”
20. “Do you happen to know the person here who organized tonight’s event? I’d just like to thank them.”
21. “Did you come here with a friend or are you flying solo like me?”

Once you start the conversation, things should start flowing pretty easily. While it’s absolutely true that people love to talk about themselves, be careful not to make your conversation feel like an interview. On the other hand, networking is not the time to sell. The point is to make conversation and share talking time 50/50.

Be creative and try to think of questions people don’t get too often. Use context clues to think of new ones.

Try to steer the conversation toward how you can help the person you’re talking to. It will leave both of you feeling great if you can add value to someone’s life. Work on actively listening, not just focusing on what you can say next. You’re brain works faster than you think, you don’t need to be preparing for what you’re going to say while you should be listening.

Keep in mind that sometimes, you just won’t click with someone. That’s perfectly fine! Just move on to the next person by politely excusing yourself.

The Aftermath

Now that you’ve survived the event, follow up with everyone by adding them on LinkedIn. Make sure that when you add connections on LinkedIn, you use a personal message including something you two talked about. Take time to look at their profile and see if you can add value to their day. This could include sending a relevant article or sending an email introduction to someone you think they should meet.

Well, there you have it. A quick guide to networking. Stay tuned for the rest of our blogs coming up, which will all follow our monthly theme of Networking!

Share your networking stories with us on FacebookTwitter, or LinkedIn and be sure to follow us!

Good luck!

03 Mar 2016
by Rolf
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What Code Should You Learn?

Want to learn to code but don’t know where to start? In today’s world of technology there are many different coding languages used for different purposes. At first glance, it can be overwhelming trying to choose a coding language. It’s a good idea to start with the end in mind. What do you want to achieve by learning to code? This will be a big indicator of what language will be most useful. The Who is Hosting This? website offers an extensive and easy-to-read guide on the most common languages. Their charts explain what the code is used for, the level of difficulty and why someone would want to learn it. Check out the link to decide what language is best for your project!

 

24 Feb 2016
by Rolf
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Working for a Startup – Reality Check

This week’s guest blogger is James D. Burbank. He has witnessed startups succeed and fail all over the world in his years in the trade show industry. He blogs about his business experience at BizzMarkBlog. Check it out if you have the time.

Hard worker, multi tasking, guy working in a startup environment  wearing multiple hats

 

Working for a Startup – Reality Check

When you try to look back at the history of employment and work in general, it is difficult to find an equivalent to the situation we have with startups these days. It feels that everywhere you look there is a fresh new and promising startup on its way to immeasurable success, still hiring and offering the chance to work in state-of-the art offices, even giving you the chance to get stock options in the startup. It all sounds like the perfect workplace, right?

Well, in reality, things are a tad different, to say the least.

You Will Become a Workhorse

Startups operate with a very, very, very slim margin of error and one of the consequences of this is that employees need to work much harder and longer hours than they would in an already established business. It is not that unusual to learn that you will be working 12-hour days, 7 days a week, 31 days a month, even in February. There are never enough people to get the job done in a humane way and as a result, you can expect to lead a coal miner’s life when working for a startup.

You Will Not Get Paid

Pretty much all startups struggle with money. It is a startup reality and only startups that are launched by already established business people or financiers can afford to pay their early employees properly. Because the money is hard to come by, startups rely on a number of employee compensation alternatives that you need to be extremely careful about. In essence, you cannot expect to be paid as much as you would in an established company when you work for a startup. More likely than not, you will be offered stock options and you need to read up on these before you sign anything.

Your Role Will Not Be Defined

Everyone in a startup does everything. Startups cannot afford to hire people for just one role. Even if you start off with a clearly defined role at a startup, you will soon find out that the reality is much more fluid and that you will be taking on new tasks and expected to handle them. On one hand this can even be a good thing since you will learn new skills and put your existing ones to the test. More often than not, however, you will just feel overwhelmed and something of a handyman instead of a qualified professional.

You Will Encounter Chaos

Startups are chaotic by definition. Very often, they are launched by people who know little to nothing about running a business and as a result of this, the atmosphere gets very chaotic, very soon. One day everything seems to be going the right way and then the next, it is like a meteor hit the offices while you were home getting your two hours of sleep. Some people find this challenging, while others simply find it annoying.

You Will Have To Be Involved

Being involved sounds like a good thing. You feel empowered and important when you are asked to contribute to a company in a more strategic sense. Well, for some people, this is not what they signed up for. They needed a job and they wanted to fill a position. They have other things going on in their lives. If you are one of these people, you may find it quite difficult to be as involved as startup employees are often asked to be.

You Will Lose Your Job

Okay, we are being a bit doomsday-y with this one, but the harsh reality is that 90% of all startups fail before they can reach stability of some kind. There are innumerable reasons why startups fail, but the simple fact that you need to be aware of is that they do. What this means is that after putting in endless hours, doing all kinds of stuff and surviving all kinds of stress, you are far more likely to end up on the job market than as a co-owner of a multimillion startup.

Closing Word

This article was not meant to put the fear of startups into you and it was supposed to be more of a reality check for people who may be mesmerized by the prospect of working for a startup. And while everything we have mentioned is true in most cases, this is something some people will simply find as an obstacle to be overcome.

 

If you are one of them, then good luck to you.

 
AUTHOR: James D. Burbank has witnessed startups succeed and fail all over the world in his years in the trade show industry. He blogs about his business experience at BizzMarkBlog. Check it out if you have the time.
 

13 Jan 2016
by Sara Kramer
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How to Kick Butt on Your First Day at Work

So, you got the job. Congratulations! While you can relax a little bit (the stress of the interview is over and you crushed it!), you still have your first day to worry about. So you’ve already made a good impression on your hiring manager, but now its time to meet the rest of the team and hit the ground running. Needless to say, your first day at work is important. Just as important as everything you’ve done so far to get the job.

No need to worry, we’ve got your back on this one. Check out our tips on how to have an amazing first day at your new job.

Start before your first day

What I mean by this is, do your prep work. Ideally you’ve already done a lot of homework on the company you’re working for. But, if you haven’t, you better get crackin’. Even if you have, do more. Google your new company like you’ve never googled anything before. Look at recent blog posts, article, press releases, the LinkedIn page, Facebook Page and Twitter, anything you can get your hands on. You don’t want to show up the first day and not know what’s going on in your new company. See how much you can find out about their company culture and how they operate. Your new boss isn’t going to want to waste time bringing you up to speed on things you should already know.

It’s also a good idea to do a dry run of your commute, During the time frame of your daily commute. See how long it actually takes you to get there by 8:00 am. The last thing you want is to be late on your first day.

The night before, set out all your clothes and anything else you need to bring. A smooth morning routine is going to put your mind at ease and make you feel more prepared. Plus, it’ll ensure you’re not running late because you can’t find your other shoe.  Along with that, make sure you dress the part on your first day. Don’t dress too formally or too casually, you don’t want to stand out. Hopefully you got a good idea about what the dress code is from your interview, but if you’re still unsure, don’t hesitate to reach out to an HR representative and ask what people usually wear.

The morning of

Get up early and eat a good breakfast. You want to make sure you’re on your A-game today. Fuel your brain so you can be sharp and ready to absorb everything you learn.

Plan to get there around 10 minutes early. You don’t want to seem too eager, but you do not want to be late! This is the first thing your new boss gets to evaluate you on. Do you respect their time? Since it’ll be awhile before you really get into your work, you’ll be judged on these seemingly silly things for awhile. Factor in 10-15 more minutes to your commute this morning. There could be some unanticipated circumstances that can cause more delays than you expect. If something out of your control causes you to be late, let your boss know. If you happen to get there too early, sit in your car for awhile. Listen to your favorite song or take this time to take a few deep breaths.

Once you get there

So, now you’re dressed for success. You’re early so you feel relaxed, you’re well fed, and you’re ready for your first day to officially start. Now’s the easy part. You’ll probably be walked through the office. Try to remember as many names as possible. This is hard, absolutely, but do your best. Here are some tricks to help you out. It’s gong to be overwhelming, so if the situation arises and you can’t remember someone’s name, just admit it. Say something like “Hey I’m so sorry, I’ve met like a hundred people today, can you remind me your name again?” and do better next time to make sure it sticks.

Keep your phone in your pocket, on silent. Turn on that “Do Not Disturb” button and avoid taking peeks at it throughout the day. Even putting your phone on vibrate can be distracting. You never know how loud it’s going to be, and it’s best to NOT have that happening when you’re trying to pay attention to the absurd amount of information your boss is going to throw at you. Get a feel for the company culture surrounding phones for a couple days before you start using yours.

Take notes and ask questions. Like I’ve been saying, you’re going to get an astronomical amount of information thrown at you. Write down anything and everything you can, especially when your boss is showing you how to do something-like logging on to company software.  These are the kinds of things you don’t want to have to ask to be reminded about, as they’re probably a waste of your new boss’s time. That being said, find someone who you trust and can go to with simpler questions. This way you don’t have to be asking your boss something every 20 minutes, but can save the really important questions for them. Hopefully, writing down as much as you can will help you remember, but in the case that you forget, it’s always better to ask than to guess.

It’s also important to get a feel for how your boss wants you to communicate with them. The Art of Manliness recommends these questions:

  • Do you prefer updates through face-to-face meetings, email, or voicemail?
  • Do you like frequent check-ins, or do you like when people mostly work on their own?
  • What are my responsibilities?
  • What are the priority levels for those different tasks?
  • What is your metric for success on those tasks?
  • How do my responsibilities fit into the organization?
  • What are my co-workers’ responsibilities and how do they relate to mine?

When it comes to lunch, we actually recommend you pack a lunch for your first day. This can allow you some time at your desk alone to take a breather, get settled and organized, and review your notes. However, if you’re invited to lunch, to eat with anyone, or to drinks after work, always say yes.

When you’re walking around the office, getting coffee, or hanging out in the break room, try to introduce yourself to as many people as possible. Again, the amount of names might be overwhelming, but there’s no better time to start a conversation than your first couple of days. You have the perfect opener: “Hey, I just started here, I’m the new ____ and my name is ____, what do you do here?” While it usually comes recommended that you be yourself, we would caution you to stay on the conservative side of things until you fully understand the company culture you’re working in and the type of people you’re around.

Although it’s unlikely you’ll be given too much work to do your first day, in the event that you do, get going! If you finish early, ask for more. Take this opportunity to show your initiative and self-starter-ness. Take some time to get yourself organized and think about how you want to go about completing your tasks and projects. Create a system. This can always be modified- but do your best to get something in place as soon as you can, so you can get in the groove quickly.

Relax. You got the job for a reason. You can do it!

Well, there ya have it! Hope you have a kick-ass first day that will jump start an amazing time at your new company.

Good luck!!

14 Sep 2015
by Sara Kramer
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Stay Productive in the Face of Change

In life, there are only a few things you can be absolutely certain of: death, taxes, and, of course, change.

Change does not shy away from the workplace, in fact, it seems to be an ever-constant presence in our office lives. But, unfortunately, change makes a lot of people uncomfortable. Most of us have at least some attachment to the way things are done, how they’re set up, and where they are. Regardless of how much we’d like to consider ourselves free spirits that thrive on change, it’s only natural to get comfortable with what’s familiar.

That being said, sometimes change in the workplace can result in a loss of productivity. For whatever reason, when employees are coming and going, management is shifting, the company is moving spaces, whatever the case may be, we tend to slack off and lose focus. It’s only natural, but the sooner you recognize that this happens, the sooner you can fix it. Here are some tips to keep your mojo going even when everything around you is getting crazy.

Do a self-assessment

Especially in the face of change, knowing how you work best is going to be really important. What distracts you? What makes you bored? Do you thrive off interactions with your coworkers or do you like to put your head down when you’re trying to get work done? Do you like to listen to music? Figure these things out about yourself.

It’s really important that you understand what motivates you to get your work done. In the face of change in the workplace, you’re going to need to look inside yourself and be able to communicate with your boss and coworkers about what is going to make you the most efficient worker you can be. Especially if there’s a change in management, structure, or anything else significant, you need to know who you are and how to get your work done.

Be adaptable

Maybe this one goes without saying, but when things are changing in your work environment, be sure to be flexible. Sometimes change means your coworkers are quitting and new ones are starting, or sometimes this means your company was acquired, is merging, or your leadership is being replaced; whatever the case, learn to roll with the punches. Change is almost always uncomfortable, even when it’s for the best. Give the new things a try, welcome the new people with open arms and the comfort of your experience, and keep in mind the things that help you stay productive. Adapt the newfound knowledge you have about yourself to your current situation.

Learn to communicate with those around you about any concerns or questions you have about the changes that are taking place. This will help you feel more like you have a good grip on what’s happening and less in the dark about what is going on around you. Most of the time change is something you can’t control, but you can control how you react to it. Be helpful, be flexible, and relax. You’ll settle in to a new way of working in no time.

Have a good work/life balance

Since work takes up a lot of your mental energy and time, it can be hard when big changes are implemented. I mean, let’s face it, you’re at your job for 40 or more hours a week, leaving only two short days and even shorter evenings for you to be focusing on the rest of your life. So, although it can be hard sometimes, try to have things outside of work you do for yourself, your family, or your friends. Pick up a hobby, take classes, exercise, read, anything! Find something else to focus your energy on when you’re not at work. Not only will this help you feel happier and healthier in life, but it will also be super helpful if the change at work is overwhelming you. Your interests and activities outside of work will ground you in the face of change. Healthy relationships and things to do will distract your mind when you are not at work, so that when the change is bothering you, you can at least leave it at the office.

Focus on what you can control

This is another tip that will help ground you when everything around you feels like it’s swirling around in the air. There will always be aspects of your job, or at the very least, yourself, that you can control. Again, knowing yourself and how you work best is going to be key in executing this theory as well. Look for things in your everyday routine that you have complete control over and hold on to them. Sometimes, it might just be your attitude. That’s okay. If that’s the case, keep in mind that change can be good even if it’s bad. We could all use a little shaking up sometimes, and again, it’s okay for change to be uncomfortable. Recognize this and power through. Ground yourself in any way you can.

Stick to your routine, or make a new one

Routines are awesome. They make you feel comfortable, they ensure you get stuff done, and they make working feel like a habit. So, if everything around you is changing, stick to stuff you can control in your routine. Sometimes your entire work routine will have to change, that might be part of what’s different around work, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have other parts of your routine that can make you feel more in control. Do you always get your coffee the same way from the same place? Hold on to these little things to again ground yourself. Sometimes a routine can feel boring, but if you’re feeling especially out of control because of a lot of changes, focus on the tiny things that you can still do everyday no matter what.

If all else fails, create a new routine for yourself. Doing the same thing everyday will help you feel in control, even if it’s all new. You’ll fall into your new routine faster than you think.

All in all, don’t lose focus in the face of workplace change. This can cause a world of problems both personally and for your employer. Follow our tips and you’ll be focused and back on track in no time.

Good luck!

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