Monday, 26 September 2011

Have a New Event Job?

Happy happy Monday everyone! Hope everyone had a fabulous weekend! Mine was full of weddings - the first one I worked at and the second I attended. Both were quite fun!

As some of you know, today was my first day at my new job!! I met a number of new people and was  was given A LOT of new information. I'll be going through a bit of a learning curve over the next few weeks as I learn the companies processes, products and procedures. This may be a bit scary and overwhelming to some, but overall I am excited and ready to give it my all :)

This really applies to anyone with a new job, but here are some tips on how to have a successful transition into your new event position:

Ask questions  - To ensure you are clear on your job expectations and company procedures, ask A LOT of questions. I'm pretty sure that no one is going to reprimand you for asking too many questions in the first few weeks of your new job. Your manager and colleagues want to ensure that you understand everything clearly, so they are expecting you to ask many questions. There is no harm in clarifying something you don't understand.

Meet your new colleagues. Your manager may have already brought you around the office and introduced you to everyone but if they haven't, I would highly recommend you introduce yourself to everyone on your first day. If the company is too large, you should introduce yourself to just your department. You will be working with a lot of your colleagues very closely so it's best to be assertive and introduce yourself and get to know them. This will show them that you are confident and are looking forward to working with them.

Find out the company protocols/procedures. If it hasn't already been explained to you by an office or HR manager, find out what the company procedures are. This includes email signatures, printing/photocopying, email, phone calls/voicemail, computer software, meetings and much much more. One should never assume what the protocol is, always ask if you do not know. Once you know all the procedures, you will be able to go about your day to day duties in a confident manner.

Accept that you will have to go through a learning curve. Each new job that you enter will have some type of learning curve that you will have to go through. The length of time that it will take you to get up to speed with everything really depends on the company, your responsibilities and how quickly you can grasp all your tasks. In the first few weeks, you will probably be absorbing A LOT of information (just like me!). There may be times where you will get overwhelmed and not understand certain tasks right away. Try not to get frustrated, this is perfectly natural. We are only human, right? Just make sure to ask a lot of questions, review the information that you were given thoroughly and practice. It will take some time, but you will get the hang of everything eventually!

Document what you are learning. A good way to help you grasp all the information you are learning is to document it. Write the information down in a notepad or a Word document, whatever way works for you. It's easier to remember things when you write them down and you can refer back to your notes if you forget something.

There are definitely more tips out there than this but I think these are some of the most important. Also, my brain has gone to mush and I can't think anymore, haha.

-Shira :)

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