Our Morganton Team Offers Words of Advice for the Workplace

Posted on: March 2, 2017

From acing the job interview to connecting with coworkers on the first day of work, a little preparation can go a long way in setting yourself up for success in a new workplace. Everyone on our team is committed to matching people with the right job every time. Last fall, several members of our staff shared their memories of first jobs on our blog. The staff at our Morganton office wanted to introduce themselves, offer some tips on how you can put your best foot forward, and share who inspires them.

Diana Cable — Operations Manager/On-Site Coordinator

Advice for making the best first impression at work?
GREAT eye contact, a smile, sincerity and good listening skills.

Any heroes or mentors who you look up to professionally?
I learned from, looked up to, and patterned myself from several of the hard working matriarchs of my family—my parents and grandparents. I can see this same hard work and dedication on my children, something I was able to share and pass on to them as well.

Britney Auton — Director of First Impressions

Any advice on making the best first impression at work?
Body language. Smile and treat others the way you want to be treated and talked to.

Any heroes or mentors who you look up to professionally?
I look up to my mom and dad for everything they have done for me. I look up to the ladies I work with because they have more experience than I do at this job. They have ways of looking at things that I don’t see just yet (being here only two months) and they are just great!

Melanie “Jo” Bivens — Director of First Impressions

Any advice on making the best first impression at work?
The best advice that I could give would be to prepare ahead of time, know what the company and position is about, be on time, and always be confident.

Any heroes or mentors who you look up to professionally?
I don’t think there is anyone I look up to more than my mother!… I feel like the courage, strength, faith, and perseverance that she taught me through the most difficult time of her life contributes to every aspect of my life. She was diagnosed with stage 4 Bilateral Breast Cancer at the age of 42. The doctors gave her, at the most, a 20% survival rate. She endured a bilateral mastectomy with 42 staples on both sides of her chest, two drain tubes for two months, the inability to lift her arms completely for six months (which physical therapy helped with), eight months of intensive chemotherapy, being so sick she couldn’t hold her head up, losing all of her beautiful long hair (which was her glory, according to her), and going through reconstructive surgery that was almost as painful as the mastectomy. All the while, she did not give up! She refused to let cancer take her away from her children and grandchildren and I am happy to say that because of that, she will be 18 years cancer free in July!

Shena Keller — Staffing Generalist

Any advice for making the best first impression at work?
Dress the part, be organized, take initiative, have a positive attitude, ask for help when needed, use your manners, and stay out of drama.

Tell us about a success you had at work.
We had an employee who walked everywhere that he went. I sent the employee to work for a client of ours. The client was a little hesitant in letting the employee be assigned there due to the lack of transportation, but they gave him an opportunity. The employee never missed work. The client ended up hiring the employee permanently.

Tiffany Cooke — Director of First Impressions

Any advice for making the best first impression at work?
To me a good first impression is being polite, friendly, and personable. Another very important thing to do when making a good first impression is jumping into the work, trying it out, and showing that you aren’t afraid to get started.

Any heroes or mentors who you look up to professionally?
My husband because, prior to us getting together, work was just
work to me. It was something I didn’t care a whole lot about. Attendance wasn’t really that important. But my husband really showed me and talked with me about how important this is and how this trait means a lot to employers. I worked hard on my attendance and saw exactly what he was saying.

Top Tips for Job Interviews

The Director of First Impressions ensures smooth operations in the front office. Here is some advice they offer prospective employees.

  1. Be prepared by bringing required documents and asking questions.
  2. Arrive on time.
  3. Be honest, polite, and personable.
  4. Talk about any skills you have that may pertain to the job you’re applying for.
  5. Dress appropriately and have good hygiene.
  6. Make eye contact during the interview.
  7. Follow up. Send a thank-you email or note in the mail.

For more tips on how to prepare for an interview, check out our blog post from last October.

We’d Love to Meet You!

Friday Staffing has three locations to better serve you: Asheville/Arden, Hendersonville, and Morganton. Our team members are looking forward to meeting you, assessing your needs, and matching you with a new job that is right for you. Check out our open positions. Apply online or call us today!