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Surviving the First Week of Your New Job

The first week of a new job can be daunting, getting to grips with your new role and what is expected of you is sometimes a scary prospect.


Firstly, relax…remember that your new employer has already decided you’re the right person for the job. All you need to do now is make a good impression and get to know your new team.


Here’s our top tips on how to get the best out of the first week in your new job:

 

  1. Be on time and look sharp.

    Being late is simply unacceptable and it’s always better to overdress rather than underdress; the way you’re dressed will have a significant impact on people’s first impressions of you.
  2. Ask questions

    There is no such thing as a “stupid question”. Your first couple of weeks is exactly the time to ask questions! From where the coffee lives to certain processes, it shows you’re interested in learning the ropes of the role and ensures that you are doing things right.
  3. Remember why they chose you

    Sometimes there is a gap between your interview and start date so there is value in thinking back to your interview and remembering why the team really loved you. From day one it should be your mission to focus on those aspects to impress.
  4. Get familiar

    Introduce yourself to everyone in the business early on, try to remember names and find common ground with your team members, and you’ll make friends fast. It’s also useful to take a step back and observe the office dynamics; you’ll quickly work out the unwritten rules of the office.
  5. Show enthusiasm!

    Smile, be positive and have fun! Always get involved with everything that you can, this is a great way to meet and interact with as many people as possible whilst showing that you are eager.
  6. Start as you mean to go on!

    First impressions count, and the first few days on the job are a good sign of whether you are “meant to be”. Be yourself, remember that the tone you set within the first week for the way you work will set out how your new employer and colleagues will expect you to behave on an ongoing basis.
  7. Write notes – on EVERYTHING!

    Everything's new and you’ll be overloaded with information over the first couple of weeks so there’s no way you’ll remember everything without writing it down; tasks, expectations, job functions, processes, systems, names.
  8. Prove your worth

    Yes, it’s only your first week on the job but try to begin to add value as early as possible. Make suggestions and contributions to your new team at every opportunity, while you have the advantage of seeing things through new eyes.
  9. Make sure you offer to do the brew round!

    This is vitally important in any work environment.
  10. Don’t forget about us – YOUR RECRUITER

    If there is something you’re unsure of, ring your recruiter and sound it out with them. We are genuinely here to help, particularly at this stage be it little questions around start time, location, dress code, etc. We know our clients inside and out, so we can certainly provide some hints and tips in the first few weeks to get you up and running. Your recruiter should be able to put you at ease and advise you on the best course of action.
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