The first day of a new job should remind you of the first day of school way back when. Do you remember what it was like on the first day of school? There was the feeling of excitement and discovery. Who were you going to be sitting beside? What were you going to learn this year? There is a palpable sense of anticipation with a new job and, with that, comes nerves. What if you don’t like it? What if you can’t live up to expectations?
Worry no more! I have a ton of tips that will have you sailing through your first week at your new job like a pro. Read on for tips on getting comfortable and setting up your new job for success in the long-term.
This might sound obvious, but it can be more difficult than it seems. Just saying that you should introduce yourself to everyone is easy, actually doing it when you are feeling nervous and overwhelmed is entirely different. So, break it down into chunks.
First, introduce yourself to your immediate coworkers. You’re going to be spending much of your time with them, so you should get to know them as soon as possible. This might sound a bit nerdy, but it could be helpful to take notes. After you introduce yourself to someone and you’re back at your desk, write down their name and their appearance or where they sit so you can reference it later. This can save you from those awkward moments where you aren’t sure of someone’s name.
It can also be helpful to make friends with someone who has been at the company for a while and can show you around. They can give you an insight into the local company culture and how things are done. Basically, you need someone to show you where the coffee machine is!
Learn About the Company Culture
Even if you did some research about the culture of the company before you got hired, there is a world of difference between knowing something and actually being in the middle of it.
Company cultures can be complex with many unspoken rules. It can take a little while for you to become fully acquainted with it. Don’t worry, you will! But for the first week, it can be beneficial to observe everything and get a feel for workplace interactions. Are things in the workplace very casual or is there a more formal bent to how things are done?
At Spectra360, we make sure that new employees are well aware of the culture they’re going into, including the dress code, how formal the office is, and any new employee routines.
This is probably the most important thing that you can do. You want to be an information sponge the first week on the job and the best way to do that is to ask questions. Keep in mind that this is the time to ask! This is the fastest way to learn about your job, your workplace, and your coworkers. But, again, be sure to write everything down so you won’t forget. After all, this is going to be a hectic week!
Social Media Connections
Now that you have the job, it can be a good idea to start making those connections on social media. On LinkedIn, add your new job and link it to the company page. Put that information on Facebook. Maybe add some coworkers to your social media circles. This is how you can start to create a useful network at work that can help support you for your first week, month, and into the future.
Get to Know the Neighborhood
If your job is reasonably far away from where you live, you might not know the neighborhood very well. Since you’re going to be spending a lot of time there, it can be useful to take a weekend afternoon and explore. Figure out the parking situation, check out the local restaurants, the bars, the coffee shop, and the stores. If you live in a big city, the local weekly paper might be helpful to direct you to the hotspots of the neighborhood.
Check In With Your Boss
Now, this doesn’t mean to annoy your new boss with every single question you have, but it can be a great idea to check in with them after a few days to ask if there is something that you can do or improve on. This will, a) show that you care about your new job, and b) make sure that you will be on top of everything.
First day of school or first day on the job. Either way, nothing really changes. You’re still going to be dealing with the same nerves and anxieties, regardless if you are 13 or 30. Just keep in mind that the first week of a new job is stressful for anyone. Be kind to yourself and forgive mistakes. You will get up to speed soon and, once that happens, there will be no stopping you!
If you’re looking for a new job, contact Spectra360. We make searching for and starting a new job easy. We are ready to help you!