Congratulations! You’ve secured a new job and it’s time for your first week. First day nerves are normal – naturally, you want to make a good impression and you’re hoping this role is for the long term.
So how can you ensure you make a positive impact from the start? Here are 6 tips to try in your first week to help you become a successful part of the team.
- Dress the part
Before you start your new role make sure you’re aware what the company dress code is and adhere to it. Some companies may expect you to dress smarter than others but it’s always a good idea to make a greater effort in your first week to make sure you impress. Once you have settled in you can always relax a little if the dress code allows.
- Be punctual
There’s nothing that is going to make a worse first impression than being late in your first week, so make every effort you can to be on time – even if it means turning up early and having to wait for 10/15 minutes for someone to come out and greet you. Being on time shows you’re prepared and that you are taking the opportunity seriously. If you’re unsure how long the journey to your new workplace will take, do a dummy run and don’t get to take into account traffic if you’re travelling during rush hours!
- Ask questions
You may have got past the interview stage but it is likely that you are still working a probation period, so it is still important to prove yourself to the company, your manager and colleagues. Use your first week to be inquisitive about the role, the business and what is expected of you – there’s no better time to ask than when you’re the newbie! Asking questions and being enthusiastic will show that you have a genuine interest in the role and are keen to learn as much as you can to help make your career there a success.
- Write everything down
The first week of a new job will always come with a lot of brand new information for you to try and remember! You might feel a bit overwhelmed by all the new systems, procedures and names you are presented with so it’s a good idea to write notes down to assist you in recalling information when you need to. Why not treat yourself to a new notepad and take it with you on your first day – nothing like being prepared to show you’re serious about your new role!
- Get organised
Organisation skills are important to have in every job and will help you work more efficiently in the long run. Use some time in your first week to arrange your desk, organise your diary and coordinate any meetings you need to be part of. Set up reminders for tasks you have to do daily and split your day into chunks of time to help you manage your workload.
- Be social
When you’re so focused on making a good impression, you may forget to show off your personality to your colleagues. Although it’s probably not appropriate to spend all your time chatting, remember to be open and friendly to everyone you meet during your first week and perhaps invite them to lunch to get to know them better. A huge part of enjoying a job and being productive is having a great relationship with your colleagues and you will never get a second chance to make that first impression!
The first week of a new opportunity can be daunting, but working hard to make a great first impression will help you in the long run. If you’re looking to move jobs and would like some career advice, give the team at Teamwork Selection a call on 01452 615544 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.