Starting a new career is both exciting and nerve-wracking. As you navigate through the first few weeks on the job, keep these tips in mind to make the best possible first impression and get comfortable with your new work environment.
Dress for the Job You Want
You already followed this rule when you went through the interview process, and you want to continue to do so throughout your career. Find out the expected dress code from your HR department or recruiter before your first day so you can show up sharply dressed and in appropriate attire on your first day. It is also a good rule of thumb to look to what the leadership team in your company is wearing so you can dress for the job you want. Always ask HR if you aren’t sure.
Learn the Ropes
As a new recruit, you’ll need to learn your way around the new office so you can find what you need and who to go to when you have questions. It is a good idea to befriend someone who already knows the office environment and can introduce you to the “go-to” people for various tasks so you can settle in more easily. It’s also important to get to know your manager or supervisor and develop a good rapport from the start. Many times, a new manager or supervisor can act as a mentor which is extremely helpful, especially if you’re starting your first career.
Ask and Listen
Don’t hesitate to ask questions and get assistance when necessary. You won’t know everything about your position as a new hire, nor will anyone expect you to. Pay attention to how your department runs, and the way your manager or supervisor likes to communicate. This will show that you’re willing to learn in order to do your best at your new job and will also establish good habits from the start.
Have a Goal
Remind your supervisor why you’re the best candidate for the position by taking the initiative and asking for a project that will make an impact and will demonstrate your skillsets, while still challenging you. Don’t let your talent sit dormant while learning about your new career. On the other hand, avoid getting in over your head. Focus on just having a project to work on that gives you an idea of what will be expected of you as time goes on but also establishes your knowledge and capabilities.
In the beginning, new staff members aren’t usually inundated with a lot of work. Take advantage of this time to become familiar with your career and the company culture. If you’re starting your first job, you have a chance to get used to working on a schedule and being part of a working team. This will establish you in the department. Additionally, take the opportunity to meet your colleagues by going to lunch with them. Staffing an office with a diverse group of people creates a work environment that supports the success of all employees. Get to know the individuals you work with and you will in turn be successful as well.