How to Survive your First Week at a New Job
At some point in your life, you’ve had to be the “new kid,” “fresh meat” or the “rookie.” We all have to be new at some point, but it can be a little nerve wracking when it comes to being a new hire at any job. Here are five tips that will make that transition from “new hire” to “seasoned pro” a breeze.
1. Introduce Yourself to Everyone
I know some people are naturally more quiet and find it awkward to introduce themselves, but it will pay off in the long run. It’s so much easier to get introductions out of the way when you’re new rather than having to ask a coworker’s name once you’ve been working there for a month. This will also help others to know that someone new has been hired and they might be more willing to help you with a project if you’ve been friendly and personable.
2. See What You can Take off Other People’s Plates
When you get hired at a new company, inevitably your workload might not be heavy at first. Take that as an opportunity to ask your co-workers if there’s anything you can help them with! It might be just a polite gesture or it could be a great learning opportunity for your co-workers to help teach you new skills that will be helpful down the road. They’ll view you as a team player and in return, you’ll learn a lot.
3. Go to Lunch with Coworkers
This is a great way to become friends with the people you work with and let them get to know you better. After all, the people you work with can easily become the ones you spend time with the most. There’s a reason they call it a “work family.” Make friends and it will make your work environment one that you can’t wait to go to in the morning! It’s all about the relationships.
4. Come Early and Stay Late
This is an easy one. When you get hired, first impressions are everything, whether you’d like to believe that or not. You are being watched, as your new coworkers and bosses feel you out as a new person on the team. Start with your best foot forward by coming in early and staying late. This will show that you’re willing to put the work in and you’re serious about your job. Let them know what a great work ethic you have by putting in those extra hours. It will certainly pay off in the long run.
5. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions
It can be really scary as a new hire to ask questions. Maybe you feel like if you do ask questions, they might be considered stupid ones. Or maybe, it will mean that you don’t know as much as the others. That is okay. Everyone has to start somewhere! There’s a reason you’ve been hired and questions will absolutely be expected. Be respectful and try to ask specific, pointed questions. But hopefully, you’ll have a fabulous team that will answer any question you may have and won’t make you feel bad for asking them.