When your job offer is signed and your start date is set, you can finally relax. You’ve made it through the interviews, the negotiation and the reference checks. The hard part is over … until your first day.
In order to succeed, both personally and professionally, you’re expected to learn the lingo, follow the dress code, and pick up on the 'right' behaviors. Below are some tips to help you succeed at your new job from day one.
1. That Uncomfortable Feeling? It’s Actually a Good Thing
Guess what was really easy? Your last job. You knew exactly what was going to happen, how to get things done and how to please your peers.
Fast forward to your new job. You’re in a new office, with new co-workers and no idea what to do next. Never mind all the jargon and acronyms you're expected to learn. This discomfort may not feel good, but it does mean you’re learning new skills, challenging yourself and meeting new people. So ... embrace the uncertainty, put your best foot forward and absorb as much as you can.
2. Don’t forget about your personal brand.
You’ve heard it time and time again. From the instant you step foot into the office, you are representing yourself and your personal brand. Now that it’s your first day, don’t downplay the importance of first impressions.
Use every interaction to prove you’re a respectful, professional, and diligent worker, but also that you’re someone who your colleagues will love to spend time with.
3. It's OK to ask for help
During the first few days on the job, you'll get plenty of offers of help from your new teammates. Take advantage of these offers. They're a great way to meet co-workers, learn about Company processes and experience the culture.
It's tempting to want to prove that you can do it all on your own. But that overwhelmed feeling will go away much quicker when you take advantage of the resources sitting next to you.
4. Ask questions.
There is a lot to learn as a new hire — from how to do your job effectively to how the organization works. It's natural to feel overwhelmed by all the items you will need to learn. Don't be afraid to ask questions to gain clarity when you need it. It's better to get the information to handle things correctly versus learning the hard way that you're doing something incorrectly.
At the same time, show initiative by doing your own research. Take time to learn about your position and the organization before you make suggestions. If you've been provided answers to questions, be sure to listen so you don't have to ask the same questions over and over again.
We all need a little help sometimes, but with these tips, you’re sure to start off your new job on the right foot.
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