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Don't forget that '1st-day' feeling

I was bright eyed and eager on my first day at Michels.

I decided what I would wear the night before, went to bed at a decent hour, gave myself more than enough time to get ready in the morning, and showed up well before my scheduled 8 a.m. start time. I did these things for a few reasons, but mostly because I wanted to impress my new manager and co-workers. I wanted them to be assured that they made the right decision in choosing me for the position.

I bet it’s safe to say I’m not alone. Most people when starting a new job make an extra effort to put their best selves forward, whether it’s arriving 15 minutes early or going above and beyond daily responsibilities.

Then something happens. We get “comfortable.” We choose to sleep an extra 15 minutes and then rush to get to work on time. We get caught up in the day-to-day responsibilities and don’t ask ourselves what more can we do. We forget that our 366th day of work is as important as our first. We don’t remember that in a competitive job market we always need to remind our managers and co-workers why we are the right choice.

I challenge you to take a few moments to think back to your first day on the job. Remember the mindset you had, how you wanted others to see you and what extra effort you put forward to make sure those around knew you were the right choice. Get back to the basics!

  • Megan Merwin

  • Megan Merwin is a talent acquisition specialist at Michels. She has been with Michels since 2014 and has significant experience in recruitment and retention.

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