Whether you’re starting a new position at Goldman Sachs or Golden Corral, those first forty hours on the job can make or break the next few months or years of your life. You can always improve your standing within the workplace, but you’ll never have a second chance at a first impression which is why it’s so important to make sure that you crush it. Luckily, we’re here to make sure that you do.
Your first instinct when going into a new job is going to be to work way harder than you normally would. While it’s good to have a solid work ethic, it’s not always smart to set unrealistic precedents for yourself. Set goals that are achievable and that will motivate you going forward. In other words, don’t bite off more than you can chew.
What you can do is increase your positive presence within the workplace. Meaning, you should be visible, amiable, involved, and interactive at all times. This will put off the vibe that you’re hardworking and committed without overextending yourself. Just work as hard as you normally would, but make an extra effort to be a team player. Build relationships with your new coworkers to learn as much as you possibly can!
During your onboarding period, you’re going to be hit with a barrage of brand new information. You’re may hear a lot of words you’ve never heard before, see a lot of tools you’ve never used before, and it can get a little overwhelming. Orientation to a new job is always a sensory overload, so know you are not alone. The worst thing that you can do is just smile and pretend that you understand it all, when in fact you remember maybe half of it.
So, what you need to do is find ways to ask for help that makes you seem curious rather than lost. When you don’t know how to do something, ask another employee how to do it. Again, make sure that you phrase the question in a way that makes it seem like you want to be better at your job and truly care about your work. Asking for help is also a great way to get to know your coworkers and build trust within the workplace. If you come up with strategic ways to ask for help, you’ll be much better off in the long run.
Do not be afraid to ask for help. You are putting in the effort to be the best employee you can be!
You should look good for you. When a person has pride in their appearance, they’re far more likely to perform at a high level. Wear something that you are comfortable and confident in on your first day. Conversely, when you swagger into a room, oozing confidence out of your eyeballs, people respond positively. Be confident in your appearance, especially during the first week. You’re going to do great!
Make an effort to be present and social during your first week while still being respectful of your new presence in the workplace. Try and integrate yourself slowly into the new team. Don’t share anything too personal at first and focus on the task at hand. You’ll be a pro before you know it!
Hopefully, this blog post helped and you’re now ready to crush your first week at that awesome new job! Let us know how your first week went!