Whether interning for a few months or accepting a full time job offer, I knew I would eventually enter the working world after graduating from college. As the end of college was quickly approaching and the only question anyone was asking me anymore was “So, what are you going to do when you graduate?”, I was frantically searching for an answer that usually ended up being “I’m not really sure yet… I’ve applied to a few places and I’ve had a few interviews, but nothing nailed down yet.” Over time, I quickly came to resent my own words. I didn’t have a plan and I really didn’t know what I wanted to do. I live with 3 nurses and their career paths are somewhat structured. My degree program was in communications and I knew I wanted to find an opportunity that would utilize the skills and expertise that I'd worked tirelessly to develop the last four years of college. Things in my life were changing rapidly and I was determined to nail down a job before graduation day came.
One afternoon, over lunch, my cousin mentioned to me this company called The Hiring Group and he said they were a staffing company. I honestly rolled my eyes and thought I can just tune him out now because I am not interested in whatever a staffing company is. As he kept talking, he sparked my interest and I thought, what the heck, I will apply and see what happens. The next week I was nervously sitting in front of Brooks, Chris, and Bryan not knowing where I was or really what their company even did. As our conversation progressed, I got a little more insight into what they do and why their company is so unique. They told me the story of how the company started and why they started it. I was officially impressed and interested.
Fast forward a few weeks and here I am, graduated from college, and sitting at my own desk at The Hiring Group. All week my friends and family have been asking me “How do you like your job? How has your first week of work been?” and I can honestly answer, “It has been awesome, I think I hit the jackpot with this company and these people.” I never imagined that I could enjoy work as much as I do. Granted, it is only my first week, but I have loved this first week in. Since the first day I walked into this office, I knew there was something different about the mission behind the company and the people that work here. I felt wanted from the first day I walked in the door, despite the fact that none of these people even knew me. The people I work with care about people—they care about each other and are cheering each other on every step of the way. They also care about the people they are hiring. The Hiring Group goes above and beyond what the average staffing company does and despite the fact that I have only been here a week, this is something that shines through every day I am in the office.
The transition from college to real life has been a little difficult, but it has also been as smooth as I could have ever hoped—all because of the people who work at The Hiring Group. Going from a college schedule of late nights and late mornings to a working schedule of early nights and early mornings has definitely been an adjustment, but an adjustment that I was ready for nonetheless. Different people in the office told me throughout my first week that the reason they enjoy work so much and the reason that they keep coming back is because of the people here; they genuinely enjoy each other on a working level and on a personal level and I have seen that first hand. I don’t know what I expected work to be like before I started a job—I think that I expected to come in, not really talk to anyone, sit at my desk, get my work done and leave. I have had the exact opposite experience at The Hiring Group. I come into work, I am immediately greeted with “Good morning, how was your weekend?” And for someone who is coming in, a recent college grad, who has hardly any experience and who knows hardly anything, the genuine love and care I feel from my co-workers is noticeable and more appreciated than they will ever know.
The adjustment into a new company, a new role, a new season of life has been exciting mixed with challenging. Change, for me, is hard but it is also good. The last semester of college and graduation brought more change in my life than I ever could have expected. I was comfortable in my role as a college student with the friends that I had and was resistant and reluctant to change. After making the leap from college to working world, even though it has been only a week, has been one of the best changes I could have ever had in my life.
I am working in Marketing for The Hiring Group, which I was familiar with because of the classes I took in college but entering into a marketing position for an established company has been a little different than my college courses. It has been quite the learning week for me—learning more about my role in the company and what the company does as a whole. I have been on social media for many years now, but it has been a new ball game to help manage social media for a company. There is a lot of trial and error figuring out what works and what doesn’t and what our viewers want and need to see more of. Being an IT and Engineering staffing company, we are trying to reach a very particular audience and must cater to them with our social media as well as our recruiting techniques. I have learned about what a staffing company is and what they do and what makes this one so unique.
Top 3 things I have learned during my first week post-grad:
1. Set your alarm 20 min early—for someone who LOVES their sleep, this was a challenge. I love mornings, but I often have a hard time getting to the part where I actually get out of the bed. I have been setting my alarm 20 min earlier than necessary so that I can have my coffee, have time to get ready and just breathe in some positive air before I rush out of the door to start my day. It may seem unnecessary and annoying at the beginning, but my mornings have quickly become one of my favorite parts of my day. This gives you extra time in the morning to get yourself organized and feel put together before you walk out of the door.
2. Get to know your co-workers—this one was an easy one for me because they met me halfway. Right when I came in, they wanted to know me, so it made getting to know them easy. On my first day, my boss encouraged me to go out to lunch as much as I can with my co-workers, to ask them hard questions, to get to know about their families and what their lives look like outside of the office. This was probably the best piece of advice I could have received coming in—just throw yourself in the mix and go all in, you won’t regret it!
3. Ask questions—A lot of my time this first week has been spent asking questions. The great thing about my co-workers is that they encourage the questions. They have been so wonderful about adapting to me as I adapt to them and they are more than willing to answer all of my questions. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or be embarrassed if you don’t know something—it’s okay! Everyone else was new once too!