Starting at a new job is always nerve-racking, especially if it’s your first job ever. You enter into a big office where everyone is busy and rushing around, and you just stand there, confused as to what you can do, what you know how to do at all.
But let me assure you that there’s no need to be so worried. All real estate agents have had their first day on the job and remember how it felt back then. They understand that everything is new to you and that you will sometimes fail to do something and that you will make some mistakes.
But, in order to be able to present yourself in the best light and avoid making too many of those mistakes, I’ve written down a plan you can use at the beginning of your career as a licensed real estate agent.
The very first thing you will need to do when you start is to set up your workplace and obtain your essential work accessories, which are the following:
A business email – you will need an electronic address where people can contact you about any work they would like to do with you
Business cards – you have to have something to hand out to people that want to contact you. A basic business card is okay for starters because you can always change or upgrade it later on.
Get your eKey – an eKey is an electronic key that will allow you to access and show houses.
Set up a professional profile – the internet is a big platform where you can hunt for new clients and to do so, you will need professional profiles. This requires you taking a photo and writing your bio, so whenever someone looks up your name, they can easily find you.
On your first day, it’s important to find something to work towards. Because you’re on the very beginning of your real estate career, you can first set weekly goals and monthly goals and once you’ve reached those, set higher ones. This could be anything from getting to some position in your brokerage or sealing a certain number of deals. Any goal will work as long as it keeps you going and working hard every day.
Learn about the duties of a real estate agent
Among selling and house shows, real estate agents have a long list of other duties they’re doing regularly. These duties can range from administrative tasks, generating leads and contacting clients, to visiting networking events and educating young agents. To show that you really mean business, you should know exactly what each one of these tasks involves and what your responsibility will be in each one of them.
I know that it might seem that the licensing course gave you a ton of knowledge, and it’s true, it did. But while that knowledge is invaluable, the real estate world is too big to learn in such a short period of time. You have to continuously keep reading and learn about the ever-changing real estate industry so you can not only impress your elders but also become a better agent.
Analyze the market
To get prepared for what’s waiting for you out there, you need to explore the territory. Although the real estate market is extremely complex and has a lot of aspects you need to explore, getting familiar with the dynamic of the local real estate market can really help you set yourself apart from other new agents.
Study your colleagues and competitors
Whenever you meet someone in the real estate world, run a search on them online. Almost every agent has a website, social media page or an online profile, so you can read about them to get a better idea on who you will be working with.
The most valuable information can be the one you hear from people around you. Just by listening to what people around you are saying, you can get more familiar with the agent’s vocabulary, find out which deals are currently on, what every broker is doing and most importantly, learn something new. So, during your first days in the office, keep your ears wide open and take notes!
As stressful as it may be, the first day on the job will be a fond memory you will look back on throughout your career. Hope these little tips will help you impress and wish you the best of luck!