Monday, December 6, 2010

7 Tips to starting a new retail job

So you’ve started a new retail job? Here are 7 easy tips that can help you get through your tough first few weeks and make a good impression on people.
  • The first thing you should do when starting a new job is getting to know other people there. Try and make friends with as many co-workers as you can, as well as your boss. Things will go smoothly if you have a working relationship with lots of people.
  • Get in touch with the culture of your new job. Have lunch with your co-workers, share jokes and stories, and just generally find your niche to fit in. Learn the un-written rules of an employment, and you will fit in a lot better in your retail job.
  • Find out who the most important people are in your new workplace and get to know them. Particularly in retail jobs, you need to get to know who is in charge and whose directions you need to follow. Occasionally, other workers will try and offload their own work onto you, and sometimes it’s hard to know who you are allowed to say no to.
  • Make sure your health is a priority. Schedule lots of leisure time and try and not get too stressed about starting your new job. Lots of people burn out quickly because they didn’t pay attention to their own health. Stress has a lot of physical symptoms like fatigue, diet changes and emotional instability. Watch out for these, as they can be serious problems with your life and career.
  • Get to know your place of employment. Find out its values and philosophies, and do your best to fulfil them. Your boss will hopefully be impressed, and this can score you points that could be useful for your career in the future.
  • Find out what your boss’ priorities are. Get to know what he expects from his employees, and do your best to fulfil them. Sometimes he will have a list of things he is looking for in people, as criteria for promotion. Find out what these are, and you will have a much better chance of furthering your career through this employment.
  • Make sure you celebrate your new job. Whether it’s just getting together with a few friends for dinner or hosting a more extravagant party, celebrating is important. It will create a more positive mindset within you, and you are more likely to go to work every day with a smile.
Remember to bring a positive attitude to work every day, and stay goal oriented, and your first low-level retail job could be enough to propel you into a new career. Keep your eyes open for opportunities, and keep a positive outlook on your workplace. Even if the work is drab or boring, it is still necessary for you to get the experience you need for a new career.

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