Happy Halloween, readers! Halloween is the busiest time of year at the Rammer Jammer, between all the festivities and certain co-workers of mine sneaking off to do Lord knows what and leave me to cover every table by myself. I have been working my tail off this past week! Which is why I was so happy to receive this letter from Stacey.
I’m starting my first real job soon and I’m really nervous, any tips for keeping calm? I always enjoy reading your advice to others.
Thanks in advance,
Stacey, I totally feel for you. When I started my first job, I was a total wreck! Talk about scary! Anyone wanting to scare me on Halloween should dress up as my first boss. The weird thing about starting your first real job is, your whole life you have your parents or your teachers or whoever looking out for you – in the work force, what people care about is what you can do for them. I think once you realize that, and try to be the best helper you can be, it’s much easier to get into the swing of things.
Also, treat your co-workers like bears! (Hear me out…) They’re just as afraid of you as you are of them! And just as nervous. Think of them as allies instead of potential critics.
And be your charming, friendly self! People will forgive little mess-ups when you’re first starting out if you’re someone who is easy and pleasant to work with. And if it makes you feel better, it can’t go any worse than my first job – I started doing off the books piercings and I gave everyone syphilis! So, I guess I’d say, try and avoid that.
Now go get it, girl! You’re gonna do great. I know it!
If any of ya’ll reading this need advice with something in your lives, I’ll do my best to help! Write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org