Monday, November 2, 2015

How to Ace Your First Week of a New Job

Starting a new job is exciting, but also stressful. There's always a learning curve in any new office, no matter how much experience you are bringing with you. However, if you start off on a good foot, you set yourself up for success in your new job. Some of these might seem obvious, but maybe not for everyone. Here are my tips to help you ace your first week. 

Get there early

Or at least be on time. What would be worse than being late to your first day of your new job, and on top of that you're now flustered (maybe sweaty) and rushed. Why not plan an extra half hour and if you have the extra time, stop by a Starbucks and pick up a latte on your way into the office. 

Bring some supplies with you

We would all love to expect a fully-set up office space the day that you start, but many times that's just not the case. Make sure you bring a couple pens, a notebook, and even some sticky notes. My must-have items also include a water bottle, iPhone charger, hand sanitizer, and a change of shoes. But at the bare minimum, pens and notebook for sure! 

Ask Questions

For the most part, no one will expect you to know exactly what you're doing the first day of the job. Don't feel afraid to ask questions from your boss, your coworkers, or even your subordinates. When you ask questions, take that handy notepad and write down your answers so you don't need to ask again. Nothing is more frustrating than a new coworkers who keeps asking the same question over and over. 

Dress appropriately

Usually HR will tell you ahead of time what type of attire your workplace requires. If they don't, it never hurts to shoot them a quick email before your first day of work. If all else fails, skirt, (shoulder-covering) blouse, and flats can never fail. It's always better to overdress than underdress. I showed up at my most recent job in heels, a black business dress, and a light pink cardigan. Turns out that my new office is casual attire. Everyone was wearing short sleeve t-shirts, jeans, and sandals. Whoops!

Be social media savvy

I get it. Most of the time, the first week is pretty slow. You're being introduced to people, their system, and procedures. Unless you're lucky and get thrown into the thick of it right away, make sure to keep yourself entertained. As tempting as logging onto Facebook and browsing through your timeline might sound, it might not look to good when your IT tech comes up to configure your inbox and all you have up is Facebook. 

In addition, if you have any first gut feelings about the job, don't post them. Who knows if you want to befriend a coworker on social media or even if they happen to stumble upon one of your accounts and you have a tweet saying, "zzz snooze fest over here at this new job."

Be friendly

I loved Amanda's girl-boss tips the other day, and I have to agree with her 100%. Even though you don't need to be best friends with all of your coworkers, but you should at least be friendly and approachable, starting on day one! Your coworkers will be more inclined to help you out and show you the ropes if they see a friendly face. 

There you have it. If you follow these simple steps, you can definitely ace your first week of a new job easily!

What suggestions do you have to others at their first week of a new job?

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