If you’ve recently taken a new job, you know how important that first week is. From learning everyone’s names to soaking up as much knowledge about the company and culture as you can, that first week at a new gig can be overwhelming and frightening. If you want to make sure you start your new job off the right foot, you need confidence, humility, and a go-getter attitude. Below are some tips to make it happen.
Introduce yourself to everyone. As tedious as it may seem, introduce yourself as many times as you can to the people around you, from other new hires to higher ups to the custodial staff. Put on your cheeriest disposition and greet everyone around you. As the old saying goes, you don’t get a second chance at a first impression.
Take lots of notes. You’ll be so inundated with information, tasks, programs, and to-dos that your head will be spinning in no time. Always have paper and a pen on you to jot down important instructions, where to find certain files, and usernames and passwords you’ll need to remember. Not only will you have all this information readily available when you need it, but it’ll become clear to your coworkers that you’re eager and ready to learn.
Ask your questions. No one expects you to know everything your first week at the new job, so don’t be afraid to ask questions and ask your supervisor or trainer to repeat or revisit a subject. The most important part of training is making sure you’re equipped to do your job, and if you don’t ask those clarifying questions, you won’t have the tools you need to perform to the best of your abilities.
Take Advice. Nobody likes a know-it-all, especially a brand new one with no real context, knowledge, or experience in this new company. Whenever someone with a longer tenure than you offers a how-to or some general rules of the road, listen deeply and thank them for taking time to talk with you.
Form Good Habits. Start off your new job by refocusing your habits. Keep your desk organized, respond to emails in a timely fashion, and show up on time. If some of your better behaviors started to wear off towards the end of your previous job, take this fresh start to reset yourself and put your best self forward.
Show up and Be Present. If you want to get ahead in your new company, make sure that you’re visible and around. Volunteer to attend meeting to learn more about the inner working of the company. Go to events with your coworkers. Accept invitations to lunches out of the office. The more you devote yourself to becoming a part of the company culture, the easier rising up the ranks will be in the future.