The first week in a new work environment may be frightening and can make you feel like the new kid at school.
Though it will probably take time to adapt to your new atmosphere, job duties and co-workers, there are some steps that will help you get ready for your first week, in addition to making a solid impression.
Figure out what you need to know right away
From understanding benefits to figuring out unspoken rules of the office-like where people tend to eat lunch, you will likely have a lot of questions during your first week and little notion how to begin. Even when your company supplies orientation documents or training, starting out can still be overwhelming. You’ll probably see an abundance of material sitting in front of you at any given moment.
You should be ready to vigilantly prioritize the information you need to know, or you’ll drown in it.
To help you outline and prioritize your learning objectives, begin by evaluating what it is you have to learn to succeed right away, and think about whether any duties are time sensitive.
If you can’t tell what’s critical, ask. It might seem like downloading crucial software can be put off until later, but your colleagues can let you know if there is a challenging setup process, for instance. Seek advice from your peers and your new manager regarding your priorities to see if your first-week learning priorities make sense.
Really get to know your colleagues
While you may not want to socialize with your new co-workers, but it’s crucial to get along at the office. If you want others to be respectful to you, treat them with respect. For instance, if you use something up, like printer paper or sugar for coffee, replace it.
You should also try to identify people who are the most helpful and receptive to your questions. If you’re unsure how or why something is done, you’ll need a trusted colleague who will take the time to point you in the right direction. Keep in mind that your novice questions can also help veteran staff review and reevaluate current operations.
Show off your potential
The skills on your resume most likely played a huge part in the decision to hire you. Now it’s time to show those skills can bring something valuable to the company. Even on your first week, you can make a significant impact and turn heads in a positive way.
Keep an eye out for areas of opportunities where you can make a good impression. In particular, you want to focus on making a visible impact in a way that is in keeping with the company’s priorities and existing culture.
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