How to Stand Out on Your First Day of a Landscaping Job
All the Best Tips Whether You’re a Landscape Industry Newbie or Veteran
First days of work feel a bit like the first day of school. There are new people, new routines, maybe even new clothes if you’ll be sporting a new uniform. But even in all that newness, there are some things that always remain the same—specifically the ingredients for making your first day a great success.
Be Ready for Anything
Even if you have some idea of what your first day will entail, you never really know what to expect until you’re there. So, go in with an open mind and be prepared for anything. Even if you’re anticipating spending the day in onboarding or training, bring the right mindset (and clothes if you’ll be in the field) to jump right in just in case someone could use your help. Your hiring manager will appreciate your adaptability and your teammates will be glad to know their new coworker is someone who doesn’t miss a beat.
Be Curious & Take Notes
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. In fact, you should ask questions. Why? Because even if you’re a landscape industry veteran, there are things that will inevitably be handled differently at each company. You’re not expected to know everything, and you’re certainly not expected to remember it all. But by asking questions and taking notes, it shows you’re earnest about hitting the ground running. Bonus—taking notes makes it more convenient to write down the names of the people you meet so you don’t forget them!
Be Available for Lunch
First days aren’t just for learning about the job; they’re also for learning about your teammates. So, if you can, keep your lunch plans flexible so you can bond with your crew or get to know other friendly faces. Bring a sack lunch or snacks just in case the team’s usual ritual involves a picnic lunch so you don’t miss out on the fun.
Be Okay with Asking for Help
Whether it’s how to work the copy machine or a piece of equipment, no one is going to judge you for asking for help. Besides, that’s so much better than breaking something, or worse, getting injured. Okay, so maybe the start button was in a really obvious place. But it’s okay! It’s your first day!
Be Kind to Yourself
First days (heck, first weeks) can be overwhelming even if this isn’t your first job in the landscape industry. Just remember to be kind to yourself. Give everything you’re learning time to sink in and don’t beat yourself up if you make a mistake. Everything will start to feel like second nature in due time. In the meantime, keep up with the tips above and chances are you’ll find yourself feeling settled sooner than you expect.
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