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Things To Do In Your First Week At A New Job

Starting a new job is scary. Whether you’re straight out of college or have been in the workforce for 20 years, entering into a new work environment can make you feel as if you’ve stepped foot on another planet.

However, just remember that everyone working there was new at some point and you will get used to the environment as well. Here are a few tips to guide you as a newly employed person.

1. Relax and don’t stress too much

While you’re tensed about a new working environment, remember to relax so that you can optimize your productivity. Think of your new job as the next exciting step in your career path. Don’t expect to learn everything at once. It’s all new to you, and it will take time. If you feel yourself getting stressed, take a deep breath, collect yourself, and remember that you aren’t expected to get it all at once. Make sure you’re well rested, prepared, and have every reason to be on time.

2. Pay attention to your surroundings and other people.

Don’t interrupt a meeting to introduce yourself or speak too loudly in communal spaces. As you’re introducing yourself, take note of how the other person is reacting. If they seem distracted, keep it short. If they seem receptive, you may want to get to know this person better. You can make a great first impression by making someone else feel heard.

3. Do your best to remember names.

You can do this by saying the person’s name back to them and writing down a quick note about them when you part. Don’t get overwhelmed by needing to remember everyone’s name, though. If you forget someone’s name, honesty is the best policy.

4. Don’t presume you know anything.

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Being humble is worth a lot when you’re starting a new job. Nobody likes a know it all, especially someone who doesn’t really know anything about the job or the organization. Think about what you need to know. In some cases, you may need permission, while at other times you may need advice or validation. If you get specific, you’ll be less likely to waste time.

5. Prioritize the information you need.

For instance, if you can’t get your computer or access badge to work, that’s something you need help with immediately. If you’re not clear on the quarterly goals for your team, you can probably wait to talk with your manager about that over the coming weeks.

6. Get to know your team better

It’s important to continue making new connections and allowing others to know you, too. By simply being around your new team and attentively observing how everyone works and collaborates, you’ll gain valuable insights about the company and group culture.

“The first day at your new job may be among the most memorable — and perhaps stressful — of your career” – Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert.

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