“Well, so far I can log onto my computer, and I know where the bathrooms are! Progress.”
This post in my Facebook news feed from a friend who started a new job today, takes me right back to my first day working at the car dealership.
I remember nervously entering the parking lot on that first day, wondering where to park. It’s a car dealership. There are cars everywhere. So where do the employees park, I wondered? Having no idea, I arbitrarily parked right up by the front door. My new manager saw me enter the building and immediately sent me back out to move my car, pointing out the location of the employee parking lot, way behind the building. It’s great to have a manager who is helpful and kind, but wouldn’t it be nice to not have to repeatedly ask your manager for help? Let’s face it. Managers are busy, and having an employee that doesn’t require constant attention makes a manager’s job easier and the employee more valuable.
Mentor programs help smooth out the transition for newbies, but often car dealerships don’t even offer a formal training program, let alone a mentor program. New employees may feel like they are on their own when it comes to figuring out their new job. This might be perfectly fine for someone with car sales experience. But if you are new to the business, you probably have a million questions and a million more you don’t even know you have yet.
Therefore, it will be up to you, to find a mentor for yourself. Here are some ideas on how to find a mentor and how to help them help you. Read more