When many people think about starting a new job, they usually assume that it means a world of new possibilities, exciting adventure and classy new outfits. However, the reality is usually not as desirable. The first days at a new job can be quite overwhelming, even the most experienced workers often make amateur mistakes during their first 30 days of working a new job. With that being said, here are four essential tips for your first days at a new job.
1. Build new relationships. Being the new person may feel awkward at times, but it is essential that you make the effort to introduce yourself to your new managers and colleagues. Fellow coworkers are not always going to take the time to introduce themselves so don’t wait for them to do it first. After meeting someone new, you may want to follow up with a nice email saying “Nice to meet you!” or something along those lines. Building relationships makes you look professional and friendly, not to mention that it will also make for a serene, drama-free working environment.
2. Be excited about your new job. Show up prepared and with a smile on your face. Even if it was a “plan b” job that you got stuck with because you didn’t get your first choice, it is still important to put your best foot forward every day that you are working. Avoid yawning at your desk and complaining of boredom, you never know when someone may be watching or listening. Prove your loyalty to the company by displaying enthusiasm for your new job and you never know where the career may take you over time.
3. Know when to ask questions. As a new employee, there are going to be a lot of things that you are unsure of. This will range from not understanding how to work the copy machine to now knowing where the elevator is. Before bombarding your colleagues with questions, try to answer them yourself first. You may be surprised how many you are able to figure out on your own. At the end of the day, gather all of your unanswered into a list and approach your manager with it. Listen carefully and take notes so you will not have to ask for help again.
4. Be a casual professional. When it comes to any workplace, the casual professional always prevails. Account for your work, be on time and respect your colleagues. While displaying a solid work ethic, you also need to humanize yourself to your fellow workers. Being the person who only buries themselves in their work without interacting with anyone else is typically not the way to succeed, especially at a new job. Let them know a little bit about you without sharing too much. This will make those long, overtime hours much more bearable.
Whether you are staring tomorrow or in two weeks, remain positive, confident and use these tips to make your first days as good as can be. Have you recently started working in a new place? Do you wish the first few days could of gone differently?