7 Ways to Rock the First Week on Your Job

Posted February 25, 2014 by Lindsay Laughnan in On the Ladder
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Congratulations, you got offered the job! You rock! Now it’s time to ensure that your first week goes as smoothly as possible. Here are my personal tips that will help you stay focused and make a great first impression!

  1. Get into listening mode – When you start a new job, there is so much to learn about procedures, priorities, and the company culture. With each interaction, whether it’s the receptionist or vice president, get into listening mode. It’s important to listen and soak in different perspectives.
  2. Ask questions – You’re not alone if you feel overwhelmed and inadequate the first week on a job. After all, you’re learning new skills and how your role fits within your department and company structure. This is your perfect opportunity to ask questions. No question is too small.  To avoid feeling overwhelmed, consider bringing your notes home with you at night. Draft questions on the areas where you want to ask for clarification.
  3. Connect with your co-workers during breaks – For many Career Girls, relationships with co-workers is a huge factor in job satisfaction.  Begin building relationships with your co-workers immediately. You may choose to take a coffee break or grab lunch together. They can help to show you the ropes and give you insider tips on how to thrive in your new work environment.
  4. Get in the communication style groove – Whether it’s instant message, email, phone, text, face-to-face, or video chat, company cultures vary in their communication style. It’s important for you to observe how co-workers communicate with each other and what methods are preferred depending on the circumstance.
  5. Observe before making changes – It’s tempting to want to make changes to how tasks are performed especially if you are used to operating a different way. Before making suggestions or attempting to change a procedure, take a step back and simply observe. Once you have a solid understanding, you can begin to make suggestions for improvement. It’s important to fully comprehend the company culture before attempting to change procedures.
  6. Pack Healthy Snacks – Since you will use a lot of brain power your first week on the job, it’s important to keep fueling your tank with healthy snacks. Energy bars, string cheese, a piece of fruit, or nuts are snacks that you can easily put into your purse and grab in between meetings.
  7. Figure Out Your Wardrobe for the Week –  Your first impression matters! The day before you start your new job, select what you plan to wear for the entire week. That way, you don’t have to think about it during your morning routine. Make sure that you have everything that you need including that backup pair of pantyhose.

Most importantly, remember that you were hired for a reason. During the interview process, your personality and skill set made a lasting impression on your employer. Now it’s time to allow it to shine!

About the Author

Lindsay Laughnan

Lindsay coaches 20's and 30's women to improve their career, dating, health, and finances to live their Thirtylicious life. She partners with clients to help them design a career lifestyle that is a perfect fit for their priorities, dreams, and desires! Besides being passionate about coaching, Lindsay loves blogging, experimenting with green smoothie recipes, practicing yoga, exploring hiking trails, and purple nail polish.