Post Reply I'm starting my first job! Any advice?
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Okay, so I'm working in a Chinese take-out place at the counter. Today was my first training day. It was extremely busy, so I didn't really have any time to think. What I did was organize the orders, answer the phone, and handle the payments, and basically try to learn as much as I can from my co-workers.

I was diagnosed with flat feet and I wear insoles in my shoes. However, even though I worked for about 5 hours (a half day) my feet and back still hurt like crazy. I'm not allowed to sit down because the counter space is so small.

I'm a vegan, and they said we can get free lunch, but we're not allowed to bring in outside food because of company policy. I guess I'm only limited to ordering steamed vegetables and tofu for lunch everyday Is there really any other vegan Chinese food?

TL;DR: Any advice for handling a job where I have to stand 8-9 hours a day, and any advice for handling customers? Please share your experience with me~

Edit: Thank you everyone for all your advice! Much love <3
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I don't have experience but I think the best you can do is smile and think positive
So that you will forget your pain in your foot
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You will get used to standing for long hours. It hurts now, but it will go away.

Make mistakes. It's how you learn.

Smile, NOT just for the customers and coworkers, but for yourself. It can help a lot when the day isn't going well.

Don't gossip. It is the worst thing you can do in the workplace, and it does no one any good.

Good luck.


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Good luck!

Don't critique yourself. Just learn as you go. Yes, don't gossip. Don't powerplay. Don't overdo yourself. These sorts of jobs are not a race.

Good luck, again.
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Whatever you do, don't be "American" whilst serving customers...


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Posted 10/14/16

Ichibanx3 wrote:

Okay, so I'm working in a Chinese take-out place at the counter. Today was my first training day. It was extremely busy, so I didn't really have any time to think. What I did was organize the orders, answer the phone, and handle the payments, and basically try to learn as much as I can from my co-workers.

I was diagnosed with flat feet and I wear insoles in my shoes. However, even though I worked for about 5 hours (a half day) my feet and back still hurt like crazy. I'm not allowed to sit down because the counter space is so small.

I'm a vegan, and they said we can get free lunch, but we're not allowed to bring in outside food because of company policy. I guess I'm only limited to ordering steamed vegetables and tofu for lunch everyday Is there really any other vegan Chinese food?

TL;DR: Any advice for handling a job where I have to stand 8-9 hours a day, and any advice for handling customers? Please share your experience with me~



15 years of retail experience speaking here for what it's worth...

* Your bound to make mistakes it's part of learning, learn from them and try not to repeat them.
* The general public are pretty dense so make sure you keep your patience.
* When i started work 4 hours made my feet ache now i can stand on them all day be fine you will adjust to this but give it time.
* Customers remember a good experience so make sure your polite as you can be.

I'm not sure if that is advice or me just being patronizing but if you have any other questions I'm more then happy to try and answer them
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Posted 10/15/16
^ That person has it quite down, that's probably the most genuine response you'll get.

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Do your best and accept if you're not fit for that particular role.
worst case scenario is you'll get a good reference.
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Ibuprofen, smile, and show up on time.
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Kiss ass.
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Since this is your first job you're gonna want to make as good an impression as you can on your employers. This is the jumping-off point you'll be putting in the references of your next resume after all. Aside from some the advice that other people in this thread have made, you should also do these.

-If your employer calls asking you to take extra-shifts, or a fellow coworker asks you to take one of theirs then ALWAYS say yes unless you really do have a pressing appointment during that time. It pays in the long run to be known as the worker who can always be relied on to put in extra time. On a somewhat related note, always show up for your shift on time (you'd be surprised how many people fail to grasp that last part).

-Never initiate or unnecessarily engage with workplace drama. Aside from poisoning relations with your co-workers and making the work space a very uncomfortable place to be it also reflects poorly on you as a worker if you can't get along with your colleagues and are consistently involved in conflict. Present yourself as level-headed, reasonable, and neutral (same as the first point I made; common sense that is less common than you'd think).

-Its been said already, but it bears repeating. In the service industry you'll encounter all sorts of types. Be as accommodating as you're reasonably capable of being and never meet rudeness with more rudeness. This goes for everyone you interact with (employers, coworkers, and customers).

-As for standing eight hours a day, the best I can think of is telling your employer about your being flat-footed and hope that they'll be willing to find a way to accommodate you (you'll have to judge on your own if they'll even care in the first place). If not then all you can do is grin and bear it. Hopefully you'll get used to it after a while.
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Posted 10/16/16
Like other posters said, you get used to standing and walking for long hours. It's physically draining so don't be hard on yourself if you need to sleep or relax more after work. After a couple months, your body adjusts enough that you don't feel as fatigued.

I recommend getting good supportive shoes, and letting your employer know about your feet issues in case the shoes you need don't exactly fit their dresscode. Dr. Scholl's insoles are also great and will help you a lot with that issue, both at work and in general.

Also, always leave for work earlier than necessary. If you get there too early you can sit in your car and listen to music or go on your phone. But if anything happens on the way like an accident or bad traffic, etc., you're able to avoid being late. I've had a lot of issues being late to jobs. Trust me, nothing is more disrespectful to your boss and fellow coworkers if you aren't trustworthy enough to be there on time.

And remember- the customer is always right!
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