Job Shadowing Tips to Maximize Your Experience
No Phone Checking
Switch your phone off upon arrival, and turn it on only once you've left. Phones are not extensions of ourselves, you are there to interact with others and grow your network through open face-to-face communication.
Dress to impress, but most importantly dress to the standard of uniform in the environment you are working in. All workplaces vary, but all of them are looking for clean and neat clothes. Do Not wear hats, open toed shoes, or clothing with political or offensive language.
Whether you're loving your experience or realize the job isn't for you, stay positive throughout the entire process. Your face reflects your demeanor and in turn reflects your chances to grow connections.
Follow Common Courtesy
A job shadow is meant to provide you with real physical action and intellectual learning processes. Take notes of what you are learning, this will help you better remember later on when filling out your assignment.
Ask Insightful Questions
Asking good questions leaves people with a good impression. Example topics: ask questions that apply to their current job, level of education, steps to getting where they are, happiness levels, passion, room for promotion and growth in their job and company.
Do your research on the company prior to your job shadow. You will come more prepared if you know a bit more about the company and people you will be shadowing. Take initiative, if there are specific departments you'd like to explore bring them up.
Confirm Time and Location
Figure the location and time for arrival a few days prior to job shadow by reaching out to the supervisor leading your shadow. This demonstrates preparation, responsibility, and timeliness.
Arrive early (5-10 Minutes), start with an introduction of your name and a firm handshake, remember your manners (please, thank you, excuse me), have good posture, and make eye contact when speaking to others.