Well, we’ve all been there, the first day at a new working-place, in some way it reminds us about the first day at school – very excited, a bit nervous and filled with hope.
I guess that the butterflies will always be there on the first day of work, but there are ways to make the first days more efficient and successful at the same time as you manage to make an impression and show your strong sides.
This is actually the reason why I haven’t been so active online and on this blog in the last couple of weeks – I just started a news job as a Personnel Manager at a very successful Swedish tourism and Shipping Company, so I’m actually very happy and proud to get this opportunity.
This is why I have some more tips to share with you, as I try to find lessons in any new situation I experience.
So here are my tips for a successful first week at a new job –
First impression – the first days you should look as professional as possible, dress at the same way as you did at the interviews, show interest, stay full days at work and be open-minded.
Be curious – show your interest and curiosity, the first days should be about learning.
Be observant – try to see what is going on, who is who and who is doing what. Learn about the unwritten rules and the office politics and unofficial dress code. Are there special routines for the working-place? Even usual sittings.
Patience please – give yourself the opportunity to learn and observe before you act. You need to realize that Rome was not built in a day so you can not be an expert in the first days at work.
Ask questions – dare to ask as many questions as possible. There are no stupid questions and the more you ask the faster you are going to learn.
Write notes – write all the important information that you get, all the answers and new questions that you have afterwards.
Be open – tell people about yourself, your background, different experiences and about your family. Be interested to learn about your new colleagues as well.
Be friendly – be nice, open and social. Try to remember as many names as possible. This is the best way to learn to know your peers and make a good atmosphere at work.
Forget about everything else – the first days at work, you are going to be tired when you come home, allow yourself to rest and to recharge your batteries so you would be at top for the next days’ challenges.
Please share with us your past experiences and tips when starting a new job!
Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead,
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