The first week of a new job — it’s exciting, exhilarating and for most of us — just a wee bit scary. After all, a lot is riding on that first week. Indeed, studies have shown that first impressions are made within a measly seven seconds! Even more significantly, first impressions can be hard to change. Don’t let that scare you though. With these tried and true methods, you’ll be sure make a great first impression.
2. Act like you’re still on an interview
Once you get the job, it’s only natural that you feel more relaxed. Yet, it’s still too early to let it all hang out. Case in point, in many jobs, employees must pass a probationary period of thirty days or more, before they can breathe a sign of relief. During your first week on the job, make sure to put your best foot forward by behaving appropriately. Be friendly, professional and do your best to fit in to the company culture, as you understand it so far. This is not the time to dress down, show up late or leave early, answer emails during meetings or make personal phone calls. Tow the line in order to make a good first impression.
3. Get on board with onboarding
Be proactive when it comes to your orientation. This includes attending any new employee meetings, tours or activities, reading all materials that will prepare you for your job responsibilities, and going out of your way to meet coworkers. “When you attend onboarding training sessions, you are being given the gift of an instant professional network at your new company,” points out Forbes contributor, William Arruda. “The other newbies in the room likely come from different parts of the organization, and your careers may grow together over the years. Those people will be extremely valuable to you if you take the time to build relationships with them.
4. Don’t wait to meet with your manager
Be proactive when it comes to meeting with your manager. The sooner you have a sit-down, the sooner you’ll be on the right track with your new job.
“Use that initial meeting to establish what they believe success will look like in the first week, month, and three months,” recommends Jenna Goudreau, Deputy Editor at Business Insider. “At the same time, if you're in a managerial position, it's important to begin setting expectations with your direct reports,” Goudreau says.
5. Get organized!
It’s often the case that the first week of a new job is fairly quiet. Take advantage of t this time and create organizational systems that will help you do your job well once the pace picks up.
“The best way to stay organized is to get organized right from the beginning,” says Elana Lyn of Levo. “Create Gmail or Outlook folders, create the organized email inbox you’ve been dreaming about since you were a little girl, make desktop folders and a document filing system — in short, go crazy,” Lyn says.
6. Think ahead
During your first week, create 30, 60 and 90-day plans to keep your professional goals in mind in the early months of your new job. “By planning out your goals of the first 30, 60, and 90 days on the job, you have created your own vision and you are sure to take advantage of your full potential as a new hire,” says Heather Huhman of Glass Door. “Your 30/60/90 plan is your written path from a new hire to an effective leader. By organizing and prioritizing, you can make the most out of the initial stages of your new job.”
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