The hunt is over! Someone hand you a cocktail, because you’ve landed a job! Countless resume submissions and practice interview sessions have paid off, and you’re scheduled to start soon. How can you make a great first impression and form a lasting, meaningful relationship with your new employers? This is a vital question to consider because everyone wants to be a success in their first week in a new job. You’ve worked hard for this opportunity and you want to stand out and do well! By taking time to focus on 6 simple tips, you can quickly be a success in your new career.
1. ARRIVE EARLY
The best way to display your enthusiasm for your new job is by showing up for work early. Showing up on time isn’t enough, especially in those first days. Make sure you arrive at least 15 minutes early. This shows that you are eager to be a part of the organization and get started.
2. FOCUS ON INTRODUCTIONS
New employees are often distracted and rushing from one introduction to the next. All this meeting and greeting makes it easy to commit a small mistake. You might forget the name of a new coworker before the handshake is even over. And you might leave an introductory conversation without saying “goodbye” or “it was nice to meet you.” each time you meet someone new, smile, shake hands firmly, maintain eye contact and repeat the person’s name. Then say goodbye before you walk away.
3. ASK QUESTIONS
As you understand the responsibilities of your new position, make sure you are asking questions. During training, if something is not clear or if you have a question, be sure to speak up. By asking questions, you will learn more about your new position and it also demonstrates your eagerness to learn.
4. GET ORGANIZED TO SET GOOD HABITS
Mind you, a lot of new information will be coming your way, setting good habits and being organized from the start will make your life easier down the line. It’s also a good time to improve your bad habits. “It’s a great opportunity to overcome any challenges or weaknesses from your past,” Augustine says. If you’ve struggled with time management for example, use that first week to map out how you’ll spend each day and begin putting it into practice.
5. SET EXPECTATIONS WITH YOUR BOSS AND EMPLOYEES
“Get on your boss’s calendar, “Augustine says. Use that initial meeting to establish what they believe success will look like in the first week, month and three months. At the same time, if you’re in a managerial position, it’s important to begin setting expectations with your direct reports. From communication style to office hours, that first week sets the tone.
6. INTERACT WITH CO-WORKERS
Lastly, more than likely, your new boss, one of your co-workers, or the entire team will take you out to lunch on your first day to break the ice and welcome you to the team. If this doesn’t happen, you can always take the initiative to invite your new co-worker in the neighboring cubical or office out to lunch. It’s important to interact with your co-workers and start to build relationships with them. These are the people you will be working with for a long time and they may be able to pass on words of advice and best known methods that will help you succeed.