The first week of a new job can be an exciting but nerve racking moment, the pressure is really on to make a good impression and prove to your new employers that you are worthy of the position they have offered you.
You may feel like you are constantly being watched by upper management, especially during your first week, and likelihood is you probably are. There are a few crucial steps you should take to guarantee that your first week turns into a second.
What TO DO
- Do build relationships – it’s important that you start getting to know everyone as soon as you start, not only will this benefit you and make you feel more comfortable, but it will also give off a good impression to your managers as they will see your eagerness to get involved. Getting to know your mentors and upper managers will help you now as well as later on in the job for whenever you need assistance.
- Do ask questions and listen – asking questions early on will help you integrate with your colleagues and show interest. There is no point in acting like you know everything and then doing it wrong or in a way they don’t want. But make sure that the questions you ask are well tailored and sensible.
- Do adjust to the new workplace – your new office is going to be different to your old one, they will be different types of people and have different ways of doing things. It is important that you keep an open mind during your first week in order to adjust your way of working to fit in with theirs. No one will appreciate the new person telling everyone how to do things because “that’s how their old office did it”.
- Do hit early goals – start by setting yourself small tasks that you can get done, this will establish quick wins and prove your productivity.
What NOT TO DO
- Don’t be late – An obvious one for many, but still people decide that strolling into their new job late every day during their first week is acceptable. This simply portrays laziness and lack of care, and will look not look good to your new employer.
- Don’t make any big announcements – Don’t go in and start making any big changes and big announcements before you even know your new colleagues and new workplace, as your actions are more than likely to backfire. You need to prove yourself before deciding to shake things up in your new workforce, and showing off and acting like a know-it-all is guaranteed to rub your new colleagues up the wrong way.
- Don’t set too big goals – When it comes to your work load, you may think that you are trying to impress everyone by setting yourself big tasks and deadlines, but you could in fact be setting yourself up for failure. If you over-promise and don’t follow it through then you will be faced with more questions as to why something has not been done.
- Don’t complain – During your first few days at a new job, you don’t want to be heard complaining about new colleagues, your work load or the way the office is run. Negative views like this are not necessary within the work place and if you are not happy or satisfied with your new role, then speak directly with your manager rather than venting to other employees around you.