You’ve done it before – the first day. Whether it’s the first day of school or work, you’ll always have butterflies in your stomach. Doing these things on your first few days might help you settle yourself in your new job. Check them out!
- Be grateful. The first thing you should do is to pat yourself on the back. You finally got a job in this tough job market, while everyone else is still struggling!
- Observe the culture. Pay attention to everything and everyone around you. Does everyone leave right at 5:01, or stay later? Do people take work home? Follow the pack, at least for the first few weeks.
- Research. You must agree that the first days are usually slow. Use that time to research about your new company and job. Read any document to which you have access. This will help you get ahead of the game.
- Offer help. To the point above, help your coworkers in those first slow days. They’ll like you, and you’ll impress your boss, too.
- Take initiative. Show your boss that you don’t need to have them find you task. Even if all you do is alphabetize the file drawer, show that you can work without needing to be spoon-fed.
- Dress up. Dress up a little the first couple of weeks won’t hurt. If it is a casual office, avoid a suit and choose nice slacks. If it is traditional office, a suit always wins.
- Train your memory. Remember people’s names. We know some people are very terrible with names, but keeping a list in with a note about the person might help. For example, John sits next to me and Jessica is the stressy one.
- Be social. While meeting so many new people is exhausting, be sure to accept lunch and happy hour invitations. Gathering allies is important in the first few weeks.
- Treat people. The instant way to get people to like you is by bringing them food. Bring cookies, cupcakes, doughnuts, muffins, candies, or whatever to the office. If it is not your thing, buy a round of drinks at happy hour.
- Pace yourself. This may sound like slacker advice, but you want to keep some of the shine for later.
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