Starting a new job can be both daunting and an exciting new chapter in your life, you get the opportunity to meet new people and learn new skills. Last week I started a new position at work, it was an amazing opportunity that I couldn’t turn down, although for me I had an easier transition into the role as I already knew the team. For those of you starting in a new role in a new company here’s a few tips to help you survive the first week.
1: Make a good first impression
Leaving a good first impression in your colleagues minds is very important, during your first week you’re learning the procedures and processes of the position and the company. Ensure you let your employer know they’ve made the right decision, don’t do any of the following:
- Show up late – Being punctual is very important to all businesses.
- Take too much time on your lunch break – Come back on time and be ready to start working again.
- Look too keen to leave the office – If you’ve got 15 minutes before your due to leave, start something new or keep yourself busy by filing emails so you can start fresh the next day.
- Take personal calls – If a call is very important, notify your boss that it needs to be taken and move away from your desk.
- Ignore the dress code – If you’ve been told its smart/casual or corporate stick to it, don’t show up in jeans!
2: Ask questions
Don’t be afraid to ask questions, it’s the easiest way to learn, people normally prefer you to ask and feel comfortable completing a task rather things be done incorrectly. Ask as many questions as you can to fully understand and learn about your role, although this said, think before you speak. Some people believe “there’s no such thing as a stupid question”, in my opinion there is. Think and consider what you are asking, don’t ask questions for the sake of it.
3: Listen & write everything down
Take time to listen and absorb as much information as you can, when being shown a new task listen carefully and make notes to ensure you can repeat the job. Even if you don’t need to refer back to your notes, the process of writing them down can make them stick in your mind. Although if you’re having a blank moment and need a little help the notes are there.
4: Relax, mistakes will happen
The new workload may seem demanding compared to previous roles or simply different, under any circumstances you’ve got to remember to relax. When learning anything new, mistakes are bound to happen we’re only human after all. The best thing to do is remain calm, resolve the issue and understand what went wrong and why.
5: Offer to help but don’t overcommit yourself
During the first couple of weeks in a new job you may find yourself with little to do at times, this could be due to your team still figuring out what your exact duties will be. Don’t look at this time as a free period to browse your Instagram feed, use your initiative and ask if any additional help is needed on current projects. This demonstrates your interest in the role, your “can-do” attitude and that you are willing to get involved and help other colleagues with their workload. Although don’t over commit and take on 3 times as much work as you’re able to handle, this can have the opposite effect and demonstrate you can’t get the job done in a timely manner. Be realistic and pace yourself.
6: Build relationships with your colleagues
Building relationships with your colleagues is one of the most important aspects of beginning a new job. Get to know who you’re working with and ask questions about their interests and hobbies, you may find you have things in common. Above all else be friendly and don’t forget to smile!