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How To Create A Great Impression, On First Day Of Your Job



It’s day one of your job. You are a green graduate fresh out of college, this is your first job, your first exposure to the corporate world, your first ever paycheck…. it’s a landmark occasion in your life, that’s for sure. You feel understandably, extremely nervous. What if you fail to deliver? What if you fail to live up to all that you have claimed you were competent at in your resume? What if you do not get along with your colleagues? What if you stumble and have an awkward moment in front of your employer? In order to help you out through your first day at first job jitters, we are publishing a list of do’s and dont’s to help you make your way through the confusion and create a favourable impression on your first job.


Before you go through our list, remember one thing, in order to have a successful professional career, you have to unlearn all that you have learnt in your B Tech or MBA. Many graduates make a mistake assuming that all the theories that they have learnt in their college years will be applicable here. First thing you have to keep in mind that theories are a completely academic affair. Theories, conjectures, hypotheses, probabilities, these should stay where they are – in the university and the academia. The corporate world thrives on practical application of these theories. Due to several constraints such as time, budget, cultural and economic/financial trends many hypotheses might not be feasible in real world circumstances. This advice is more applicable to engineers who are often more wrapped up with exclusively the technical side of the business and cannot for a long time let go of the things they have learnt in college.


You have to remember that time, maximizing profits and minimizing cost and overheads are the most valuable objectives in the corporate world and an employee can make themselves invaluable by mastering the techniques to achieve these objectives.  So without any further ado, we will share the do’s and don’ts to follow on the first day of your first job.


Be Punctual : The easiest way for a fresh graduate to make a good impression on the employer is to be on time. Punctuality and deadlines are utterly important in the corporate world as time is precious for everybody. If deadlines are not followed then projects get delayed and business loses validity and clients. The first step of projecting yourself as reliable is showing up on time.


D For Dress Code : If you are not sure about the dress code- not all companies and firms have written rules for dress code, then do not hesitate to call up the HR and inquire about the appropriate dress. What you will wear to work, will often depend on the predominant company culture. If you are working on a creative job as a graphic designer/ copywriter for an advertising firm, then dress code will be a little more liberal. but if you are working in finance- investment, pvt equity  or accounting or as a business analyst, dress will be formal. In general avoid wearing a too flamboyant outfit at work. Wear colour coded clothes, that are prim, proper discreet and clean. Do not wear over the top make up and check if your shoes, socks, tie and nails are squeaky clean!


Don’t Forget To Bring Important Documents : You will need authentic personal documents as your office identity card, parking pass, paycheck items etc. There will be inevitably a ton of paperwork the first day. Don’t delay the process by neglecting to bring important documents like passport, voter’s id card, bank account information etc.


Notepad Is A Must : Since you are a newbie, do attempt to take notes. Carry your notebook and pen everywhere you go, you will be learning new things, note down when your employer discusses the company history, vision and mission with you, takes notes when the HR introduces you to the company culture. You will be seen as organized and diligent and these notes will act as valuable reference for later.


Accept Invitation to Lunch or Happy Hour : Don’t be the resident lone wolf. Socialize. Accept when colleagues offer happy hour or luncheon invitation. It will be an invaluable opportunity to get to know your colleagues, to discover like minded people to form a close knit group. Creating a group in office is important as they will keep you updated on the undercurrents of office politics and keep you informed about what to do and what not to do. There are certain unspoken rules in every office and only an experienced colleague on friendly terms with you can inform you about them.


Don’t Overshare : In a bid for friendship, don’t share unnecessary details about yourself. Remember that this is a professional setting. That person with whom you get along with like a house on fire, is not your childhood buddy he or she is your colleague. Your romantic problems, if you are having domestic problems etc your weird habits your co workers don’t need to know them. By oversharing you will be seen as laughing stock.

Top Qualities Industries Seek In Engineering Graduates

In this essay we shall attempt to discuss one all important question: What do industries and employers expect from young engineering graduates? This is one issue which troubles many a young engineer. Closely related to this question, is the issue of employment of these young engineers. This question is and will always remain very relevant to engineers as engineering and industry are very closely related. The industry thrives on innovation and invention which is basically the task of engineers. Engineers by applying the laws, theories and probabilities formed by the scientists make life for the non engineering laymen much more smoother and much convenient. The industry functions on efficient practical application of scientific theories and laws- which is primarily the duty of the engineer. Therefore the industry whether hardware, software , automotive etc has certain expectations from engineers. We will delineate these expectation one by one.


  • Polished Communication Skills : Unsurprisingly this is the number one requirement of the industry. Many engineers have adequate technical skills but their oral/communication skills are rusty at best, non existent at worst. They have poor English speaking skills, and struggle to speak and write English fluently. This often becomes a professional hindrance. This is because in most cases engineers does not just have to develop new technology, new apps but also demonstrate their utility to a wider audience – namely the clients.
  • Goes Beyond Book Smarts : Many employers complain that the engineering graduates are reluctant to step outside their textbook knowledge. Remember the basic duty of an engineer is to apply the laws of science in the most useful/beneficial way. Engineers are encouraged to think out of the box, as they are expected to invent and innovate. In a way engineers are much like artists and other creative people. They are expected to come up with creative/innovative solutions to different problems, visualize different possibilities to a situation and make them come alive. If you are unable to look beyond the book, then you will struggle to make your engineering career successful. This is because books are full of abstract theories and laws which cannot always be applied in real life business situations. When you are working in the corporate you need to keep track of a lot of other things like keeping projects within budget, making cost effective technologies etc.


  • Leadership Abilities : Another thing which industries expect from young engineering graduates is leadership abilities or assertiveness. Most engineers who are used to do projects do it under close guidance of professors and project supervisors. In the professional world, you need to develop managerial abilities. The corporate world do not just demand an able technician but also people who can manage and lead projects, innovate and help others innovate as well.
  • Get Up To Date : This particularly applies to those engineers who are employed in the software industry or IT industry. As mentioned before, the main job of the engineer is to innovate. So if you do not keep yourself updated with the latest trends/invention of the industry then someone else might well create the perfect user friendly technology, or that easy to understand programming language. You have to be aware, vigilant and uptodate with all the latest technological trends,


  • An MBA : This is directly related to the third point. As said before he industry needs employees who are not just technically adept, but has managerial aptitude. This is a reason why most of the engineers vie for an MBA  degree after gaining some work experience. Engineering trains you to be a tech wizard, how to invent, but an MBA is expected to help you learn about how to manage people, how to save unnecessary costs for the company by making cost effective business decisions, how to analyze plausible growth trends etc. So an MBA degree is considered an icing on engineering cake, by all industries.


  • Fluent in Foreign Languages : This is related to our first point. Communication. If you are fluent in more than one language, you will be considered an indispensable employee, as then you will be a major help demonstrating products and services to foreign clients. A lot many companies deal with overseas clientele and value engineers who are fluent in more than one foreign language.

How To Write A Killer Cover Letter :



If your CV is the tangible form of your professional identity, then a cover letter is the equivalent of an introduction. As we all know first impression count for a lot in the professional world, An impressive, to the point and crisply written cover letter would use as a brief introduction you, your skills, why you want to join a specific company or firm, and how you can be useful. A cover letter acts as the perfect supplement to your CV or resume. Many job applicants underestimate or ignore the importance of cover letter, they seem to think that the resume will suffice. But an impressive and well written cover letter can do a lot to increase your chances of bagging that job. So without any further ado, we will share some tips on how to write an arresting cover letter.


Most people have expressed a common problem while sitting down to write a cover letter, they struggle to begin. Most of us experience the veritable writer’s block, and ponder over the best way to begin the cover letter. The answer is pretty simple. Ask yourself if you have the skills that is demanded by this particular designation you are applying to. Start your cover letter with a respectful sir or madam, addressing the person (HR manager, recruiter General Secretary etc) to whom you are sending your resumes to. Then begin that having A experience and B skills you would like to apply for the advertised position.


Don’t be shy about highlighting your skills. Especially if they are relevant to the position you have in mind. For example if it’s a marketing job you have applied for, then do not hesitate to include the awards you fetched ( ex salesman of the year), the leads you converted etc. If it is a market research job you are applying for, then dont forget to bring attention to your research, surveying and analytical skills, if you have had experience in interpreting statistics, winning case study competition, mention it! Also as practical or hands on experience counts for a lot in the corporate sector, always highlight if you have research experience or relevant papers published.


Now that you have mentioned all the skills that is particular to the position you are vying for, do not forget to mention some basic generic soft skills like teamwork skills, good communication ( written and oral) , ability to multitask, to work within deadlines etc. These are evergreen skills which are in demand in every sort of industry, whether manufacturing, technology or consumer goods.


Don’t : Put flamboyant and dramatic words like ‘’unique’’ ‘’perfect’’ to describe the company. Even if you do have a high regard for this firm, dont gush about how it is your dream to work for this company. You will seem as immature and desperate. Enthusiasm is a welcome attribute from potential employees not desperation.


Don’t : Put your contact at the bottom of the page, it should be near the top of the cover letter.


Don’t : Commit grammatical and punctuation errors. These put off the recruiters. Make your cover letter as easy to read and comprehend as possible.