You just started a new job. A new job can feel like driving a new vehicle off the lot. While it may be exciting, a new job can also be intimidating. Whether you are starting a new career, getting a promotion or anything in between, there’s much to learn and absorb. As you start your new job, take a few minutes to think about what that first week will look like.
Avoid trying to prove yourself
It is tempting to over-achieve your goals on your first week. It is crucial to be yourself. Your first day will be exhausting, challenging, and full of information to accumulate. Make an effort to celebrate your new opportunity.
Wear appropriate clothes
First impressions matter. As you consider your new workplace, think about the type of outfit that you are comfortable in and will fit with the other teammates. In fact, it is a great idea to have a few outfits appropriate to your new job.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions
As the age-old saying goes, there is no such thing as a bad question. A new job will often come with a long list of things you will need to know. To be sure, it’s crucial to understand your role in your new job. For many, it can be hard to admit you don’t have all the answers. Thus, give yourself permission to admit you don’t know something and ask for help. It’s important to ask appropriate questions to ensure you get started on the right foot.
Ignore past barriers
Some people may allow past mistakes and barriers to impact their confidence and ability to do their job. Moreover, it’s crucial to begin a new job with a fresh slate. Don’t allow fears, pressures and negative talk others may say about you prevent you from doing your best work. Keep in mind they chose you for a reason.
Get to know your team
This can be challenging if you are starting a new job. Many workplaces have their clicks and friend groups. You don’t have to become best friends with your co-workers, but getting to know them is one of the best ways to get settled in your new job. Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself and ask casual questions to them. If you are struggling to think of conversation starters, then ask them about their job, family or hobbies. Most people like to share about their life.
Every job will have some form of assigned roles. As you start your new job, it can be tempting to get comfortable with your tasks assigned to you. To be sure, don’t get comfortable. Look around and see other ways you can help your co-workers, improve workflow process or make your company more profitable. Look for what needs to be accomplished and get it done.
Put your best foot forward
Although a new job can be intimidating and unnerving, it can also be exciting. Don’t allow negative talk from co-workers and outsiders negatively impact your first week. Whether this is your new job or a stepping stone, make an effort to do your best work everyday.
Furthermore, it is important to acknowledge this new job may not be your lifelong job. Moreover not all jobs are a perfect fit. Surely, there will be days you will not feel like going to work or will feel like checking out halfway through your workday. It is important to give your best effort. The more effort and consistency you put into your job, then the better outcomes you will have. From the first minute you clock in, to the time you walk out, be positive.