24 Mar Job Shadowing – Take our tips and do it like a boss
Job shadowing can be daunting. You are there to observe and learn, and most times you can feel like you are in the way.
Job Shadowing like a boss
UNDERSTAND THE JOB PARAMETERS BEFORE YOU ARRIVE
Do some research beforehand. Sure, you are there to learn, but knowing a bit about the position will help you feel less nervous and also look more efficient and proactive.
HAVE A SET OF QUESTIONS READY TO ASK
What you don’t understand is best covered by asking. Don’t be too overzealous with the questions though – you don’t want to irritate – remember whomever you are shadowing has to actually do their job whilst you are there. Keep the questions to a minimum and make them count.
ASK HOW YOU CAN MAKE THEIR DAY EASIER
Job shadowing is also about assisting, as this is the best way to learn. So, ask them upfront, before you start, how you can help them make their day easier. They will appreciate your presence more if you are taking a load off their plate too.
KEEP A NOTEPAD AND PEN HANDY
You are not expected to remember everything you are shown, so be sure to write it down. It would be super irritating if you kept asking the same questions, and if you are there to eventually take over that position, you don’t want to be bugging others about what to do.
BE INTERACTIVE WITH OTHERS
Besides the person you are job shadowing, speak to the other employees. Ask them how they enjoy working there, how long have they been there, and what they do exactly. Remember, you will be working with these people going forward. Make nice now.
PUT YOUR PHONE AWAY
Sitting on your phone, taking calls, or scrolling through Facebook is not going to help you. And, it will look really bad to the boss and to the others who are actually working. Slip that phone into your bag or pocket and forget about it. When you are given a break, then you can walk away to a private area and do your thing.
BE POSITIVE AND FRIENDLY
Put a smile on your dial and make the most of your time there. You never know where a job shadow will lead you, so be the best you can be at the moment in time.
And … good luck!
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