Starting a new job can be scary for anyone. There are so many things that can go wrong that first week! When starting something new, the trick is to take those feelings of fear and uncertainty and use them as fuel (Bobby Boucher aka: Adam Sandler in ‘The Waterboy,’ would call this “tackling fuel”). This driving force can lead to a wealth of untapped potential. My four simple tips will help you tackle your first week.
Make a great first impression.
We’ve all heard the saying, “first impressions are everything.” Well, in the case of starting a new job, the first impression can make or break your first week experience. One of the best ways to ensure a favorable impression on your new boss and fellow employees is to have a positive attitude. Your passion and enthusiasm for your new position can infect those around you and make the entire environment more productive. Show your new comrades you are a safe bet when looking for collaboration and teamwork. Who doesn’t want to work with someone who brings enthusiasm to the table?
Ask questions and ask for help.
Usually, the first week is meant for orientation. This is the first (and sometimes the only) time someone will work hands-on with you. Show them you are paying attention by asking questions about procedures, company policies, filing protocols, etc. Communication is the key to any relationship, especially a work relationship. Start your position right by opening strong communication lines with your supervisors and colleagues right off the bat.
In the beginning, tasks will be assigned few and far between to allow for adjustment. It is during this period where your time management and organizational skills can shine through. Be proactive with your assignments and get them done in a timely manor, and with some gusto. A little competition in the workplace can be constructive to productivity. Show your co-workers you can take the initiative necessary for success. Don’t wait for assignments to come to you, be a go-getter.
Jobs are a time for new growth. They allow the opportunity to develop as professionals and as an individual. By setting goals, you will be able to track your progress and gain the appropriate skills and experiences necessary for furthering your career. What you would like to gain from this job? What impression do you want to leave on your boss and team? What skills do you hope to gain? What professional characteristics would you like to develop? Goal setting is the perfect way to ensure a successful week that will translate into a successful career within the position.
Go out and show your boss how much of a #boss you can be.
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