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4 Tips for Making Your First Day Better
By: Mike Bush
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Since Talent Zoo is a site dedicated to getting folks hired, it seems like a brief reminder on how to efficiently onboard (either in agency or in-house settings) might be a worthwhile subject to explore. This way, you’re ready to go once you find your next dream role on our site. Whether you’re an old hat taking on a new challenge or a NooB looking at the daunting task of your first day in a whole new world, here are four things you can do to make the transition a little easier.
  1. Be a sponge. It’s going to be a whirlwind day in the office, and that’s OK. Carry a notebook, and every time you hear something foreign to you, write it down for later follow-up. The folks you suddenly find as your colleagues are probably (more than) willing to help you get acclimated, but don’t forget that they still have to do their day jobs. Having a set of batched questions can ease their role in helping you learn yours.  
  2. Keep up your energy. Whatever you did in the interview worked. After all, you’re starting the gig, so you must have done something right. Presumably, when you interviewed, you were excited. That’s infectious, and a great attitude can go a long way as you to get to know your new colleagues.
  3. Try to find an opportunity to add value quickly. Look, in agency life, you’re not going to know every detail of every client. However, you may know something about a reporter who comes up in passing, or perhaps you know something about a vertical market. Maybe you know something about SEO that can help a release go further. Whatever it is, don’t be afraid to speak up when the opportunity to show off your bonafides shows itself.
  4. Be ready to make a mistake. Rome wasn’t built in a day, just like the legacy you eventually leave at your new company won’t be set in stone based on your first eight hours in the office.
And a bonus: In-house roles can offer a bit of a different challenge, since various departments may have very different roles. The best advice I received in my last in-house role was get to know one person in every department. Within two weeks on the job, I didn’t always know who to approach with a question, but I always knew where to start.

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About the Author
Mike Bush is a PR and Marketing freelancer with more than a dozen years of experience in the field. Find him on and connect Twitter @mikebush or at www.mikebush.nyc. 
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