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Agrimarketing : Agribusiness Employer Guide 2008
remember that your reputation is still on the line. You don’t want to become the office distraction because of what you wear. Tank tops, spaghetti straps and halter tops, low-cut clothing, bare midriffs, see through clothes, thongs, casual sandals/flip flops, baseball hats, tight fitting muscle shirts, skirts shorter than three inches above the knee, and sports or political t-shirts, all make the short list for what not to wear to work. Just as with clothing, ladies espe- cially must be cautious of accessories such as makeup and jewelry. What if the impression you portray matches that of a MiMi or Kramer? If you have to make excuses or explain how you are dressed, then it’s not a good idea! Work is no place to forget your manners. Remember the movie “American Pie”? Could you have heard the line “This one time at band camp” one more time? Imagine shar- ing office space with that person who starts every sentence with “When I worked….” “At my old job…” “Where I worked before…” “When I was in school…” “The Internet at my old job was so much quicker.” Statements like these will quickly make you the pun of every joke around the water cooler. How you spend your time during work is also monitored by more peo- ple than you realize. Lunch hour is sacred time. Studies have shown that stress is greatly reduced, productivity increases and attitude improves if you can step away from the office for your lunch time. However you must remain conscientious; don’t schedule your oil change for your lunch hour the first week on the job. Don’t sit at your desk feeling lonely and sorry for yourself. Leave the office every once in a while even if you just sit outside and read a good book. Part of making a great first impression is being willing to spend time with your co-workers while remaining balanced and getting your work done. MANAGING THE THREE Ts That’s where the three T’s come into play. The first “t” stands for time to leave; spend your time at work wisely to accomplish your goals and only stay late when needed to finish a project. Be careful not become the person who stays late at the office just to prove an unnecessary point. The second “t” stands for take advantage of after-hours activities but don’t wear out your welcome. As a new employee you’ll probably be invited to a few after-work out- ings. You’ll want to keep a balance between your work and your per- sonal life away from work. Out-of- office gatherings can also be an easy place to let your guard down. While you may be at the neighborhood hang out tonight — tomorrow every- one will be around the printer talk- ing about last night. The third “t” is taking time off. Plan ahead …. a big part of the working world is making choices. It could be six months to a year before you’re eligible for vacation time, not to mention that when you are away, someone will have to carry your load. Dumping last minute projects on someone else won’t make you the office favorite. YOUR OFFICE Imagine you’re sitting at your desk and the new person, who’ll be in the office next door, keeps walking by with boxes on their first day. At lunch you walk by and notice it looks like Martha Stewart came to work. Office décor will also make an impression and can be interpreted in many ways. For the first week at work, you’ll want to leave the U-Hauls at home. When you do begin to bring in a few items to help you feel a little more at home, remember to keep the decoration work-related. While your spring break trip to Cancun may have been the time of your life, more than likely most of those pictures are not suitable for the office. Be sure that any photos show you and others in the picture at your best! Why not make a great impres- sion for your friends as well! Hopefully they are doing the same for you. You’ll also want to leave the singing fish you got from your dear Aunt Sally at home as well. It was the gift of the year at Christmas, but will quickly become the first thing voted off the island by your co-workers. As you can see, there are lots of opportunities to make a great impression during your first week on the job. Astrong first week may lead to months and years, and possi- bly to your next job. The impression you make during your first week as an intern or entry-level employee, will be shared throughout your career network. The key is to remem- ber that you are always leaving an impression of yourself wherever you go, which can directly or indirectly impact your career. Find a good mentor who can help guide you through your “impressionable years,” have a good attitude, leave non-work drama at home, don’t get caught up in office drama, and be a TEAM player! 29
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