So the interview and negotiating are complete. Today is the day you start your new job. Those first few days are when you will form an opinion on your co-workers and boss; they will also be determining how you fit into the organization. A whole new apprehension is forming. You are probably asking yourself many questions. Did I choose the right position? Are the co-workers going to be nice? Here are some easy to follow tips to get you through the first week or so.
- Hopefully the company will provide you with a company/departmental organization chart complete with phone numbers and emails. If they do not, ask for one. If there is not one available, do your best to create one. Write down the company name, who your supervisor is, the people in your department and all of their phone numbers. Make sure that you understand who is there to assist you and/or who is training you.
- Get to know your co-workers. If there is a lunch room, take your lunch and introduce yourself to as many people as you can.
- Take notes. People are busy at work these days. When you are going through your training, take very detailed notes. You can use these notes in the coming weeks to help with your responsibilities. Make sure to go through your notes if you are struggling. If you still cannot find the answer, ask for help.
- Asking for help. There are so many things to work through in those first few weeks. No one at the office expects you to be an expert on your first day. If you are struggling, it is better to ask for help before the project is finished and you have wasted all your time doing it wrong.
- Keep things professional. You will set a very poor first impression during the first few weeks of your employment if you are constantly dealing with personal issues, arriving late or being sick (not always avoidable). Show up for work on-time, be dedicated and flexible.
- Listen more than talk. While you are getting comfortable in your new surroundings, it is important to take in as much information as you can. Listen to what others are saying, contribute to the conversations if you feel that the information you are sharing is relevant. If it is not relevant, do not become involved in the discussion. The last thing you want is a reputation as an office know-it-all.
- Find a mentor. After about a month of working with the company, you should have a good idea of who is respected and who may not be. Start to develop relationships with the senior staff in the organization.
- Set goals and track your accomplishments. One of the most important parts of being successful is setting goals. To keep yourself on track and motived, track your accomplishments. This step will prove useful when it is time for your probationary review.
While there are many things that may take us off track as a “rookie” in the organization many people are there to help you out. Relax, keep an open mind and get to know the people around you.