First Week of Your New Job

First Week of Your New Job

Making a good impression on your first week in a new job

Starting a new role can be daunting, and there can be a lot to learn in your early days with a new company, as even if the role is very similar to one you have done before, there are still internal procedures and practices you need to become familiar with.

Some tips to help you cope with the first week include:

  • Work out how long it will take to get to the office. If at all possible, do a ‘dummy run’ at peak time, as your interview may have been in the middle of the day and it could take a lot longer to get there during rush hour. Once you have worked out your expected travel time, allow extra time for the first day, as if something goes wrong you won’t want to be late on the first day
  • Find out who you should ask for on arrival at reception. Will it be enough to simply state ‘i’m starting work here today’, or do you need to give the name of your boss or a human resources representative on arrival?
  • Check the times and locations of all induction and training events the company may have arranged for you, whether these are formal or informal
  • Introduce yourself to everyone you might be working with, with a friendly smile and a firm handshake
  • Have an intial one-to-one with your line manager, and establish what is expected of you within your first week, first month, first three months …
  • Maybe ask to shadow one or more of your new colleagues for a few hours to see how they go about their tasks
  • Read all applicable company procedures – not just ones related to your role or department but also the company procedures on issues such as dress code, internet usage, holiday booking, sickness notification etc.
  • If you need to know anything, ask your colleagues – they will surely understand that you want to learn
  • Assess the personalities of your new colleagues and what communication style will work best when talking to them. Try and eat lunch with your closest colleagues
  • Locate any people who work for the company who you know from previous roles. Even if they don’t work in the same department, try and arrange a lunchtime or after work chat with them, as they can give you lots of informal advice about how things work at your new company
  • Update your job details on your social media profiles as soon as possible after starting the new role – your old company might not be pleased if linkedin says you still work there

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