One week from today, on January 21 2013, President Barack Obama took his oath to begin his second term. I felt very privileged and honored to attend this historical event. Even with the overly packed subway stations, narrow maze-like walkways and bitter cold winter temperatures this trip was amazing. When President Obama was called to the podium to deliver his speech, my voice, along with thousands of others and a sea of waving mini American flags (and even some Canadian flags) welcomed his presence.
As a voter and an undergraduate student, I believe President Obama represents a great role model of a successful “employee”. As my friend John Wilke stated in his past blog, the Presidential Election consists of a national public interview, with a very complicated selection process, with all to see your mistakes. After the wearisome process of campaigning, debating and fundraising, Obama has continued to display confidence, diligence and poise.
Fast forward to today; Obama can finally start his first day on the job (Well his first day for the Second Term). So instead of focusing on whether or not Beyoncé lip-synched the National Anthem, lets focus on the great example President Obama portrays on how to start a job the right way.
Make a great first impression– Obama’s Inaugural address can be added to the long list of Obama’s signature speeches. His words were enticing and motivating, “Now more than ever, we must do things together, as one nation and one people.” Of course all jobs do not begin with a speech in front of a crowd of 800,000 people, but the first day you enter the office and converse with other employees is just as important. Take the time out to introduce yourself, learn the names of other employees and get a feel of the work environment. This will help your transition become smooth and natural.
Don’t allow little mistakes to become big problems. President Obama for the second time in a row has stumbled over some words in his oath. Which is not a big deal, (but still makes it on to YouTube). This goes to show the first few days on the job can be a bit shaky. Whether you are an intern promoted for a full-time position or a President re-elected for a second term, you will still make mistakes. So don’t waste time worrying about a misspelled word in an email or moping about an idea you pitched that was immediately rejected. Learn from your mistakes, pay attention to detail and continue to uphold your expectations and responsibilities.
Set goals. As President of the United States the approval ratings from the public is evaluated by the goals and objectives that are met. In a professional setting they are just as important because it allows the supervisor as well as yourself to notice progress. As you continue to exceed expectations and meet your goals this will boost your confidence and will enhance your work ethic.
So there you have it. Just because you earned the job doesn’t mean you stop trying to be impressive and unique. Approach each day as a new opportunity to show the employer why you were a great choice.