Forget about internships and casual work on the side of uni – you’re a real adult now. You just scored your first full-time job in the competitive field of marketing… digital marketing.
First of all, congratulations are in order! Out of all the candidates who applied, you got the gig. You know what they say: a million girls would kill for this job.
Now that’s out of the way, here are a few pointers for getting through your first week alive.
Whether you’ve been picked up by a fancy company in the CBD or you’re working at the only marketing agency in the middle of Woop-Woop, prepare for many, many introductions. Take a mental note of as many names as you can, and identify people with their desk location/hair colour/cuteness level (do not remember them through pieces of clothing, as they will/should change every day). A little reconnaissance can go a long way here; scope out the company’s About Us page before your first day and see if there are staff profiles to give you a head start.
Do not rest on your laurels – always strive for more. So you’re a Jon Snow and know nothing about SEO/SEM? Or you know about Google but only use it to find out about Kim Kardashian’s latest break-the-internet selfie? Fear not; there are plenty of resources online to get you up to speed with the rules and jargon of digital marketing. Any free time during your first week should not be spent updating Facebook or texting your mum about how well the job is going so far. Instead, head to informative blogs (like ours) and learn, learn, learn.
There are no dumb questions. If you need something to be repeated, ask again. It is better for you to ask twice rather than producing something that completely misses the mark, resulting in you doing it all over again. In fact, regularly checking that you understand things will inspire your manager(s) to feel more confident in you, as opposed to working silently while pretending you know what’s going on. You are not meant to know everything on your first week, and nobody should expect you to.
Yes, there will be times when the only sounds will be computer mice clicking and frantic keyboard typing. But come lunchtime, be prepared to shake off the silence and get social. Bring your own food and get to know your colleagues. Here at Search Factory, lunch is ping pong tournament time (many have suggested that we test a candidate’s skill on the table before hiring them; fortunately for me, this hasn’t been adopted). Your new workplace will likely have some kind of leisure rituals or traditions of its own, so put your shyness aside and get involved. You won’t know what friends you might make at work unless you try!