10 things you need to know when starting a new job

10 things you need to know when starting a new job

Your first week at your new work place can either go well, or make you rethink about your new position. Your first day at work may be among the most memorable and perhaps stressful day of your career. Here are ten things that you should do in the first week of your new job to make the right start:

DRESS WELL: How you present yourself says a lot about your personality. Dressing well helps give a professional impression. You are the brand ambassador of your firm and the way you project yourself, projects the culture of your workplace.

BE A PEOPLES PERSON: Introduce yourself to the people you come across in your organisation. Do not hesitate to have a conversation with your new team members. First impressions do matter. Use generic topics as conversation starters – for example positives of the job, the people around you, the city, the place you stay at, etc.

OFFICE SPACE AND RESOURCES: You need to understand your work place for your convenience. It also helps you feel at home. The better you know your workplace, the more engaged you will be. Speak to your colleagues and know more about your workspace.

LISTEN AND OBSERVE: One of your most important objectives during the first week must be to familiarise yourself with the company culture, your department and your goals and responsibilities. Attending orientation programmes in addition to all team and office meetings can be of great help. Participating in informal colleague meetings will help you bond with them.

ASK QUESTIONS: As you learn about new job role, projects and people, don’t be afraid to ask questions. It might be a good idea to take notes about everything you learn, even if it seems simple. Documenting your queries will ensure you don’t ask the same question twice.

SPEAK UP: At the same time, don’t be afraid to contribute and add value to your new organisation. Actively participate in team meetings and brainstorming sessions. If you have a skill or an ability basis which you’ve been hired, share that knowledge and experience with the team.

OFFER HELP: Don’t sit around and wait for the team to decide the task for you. Being proactive and volunteering to help your new teammates on a project will go a long way. This will project you as a self-motivated employee and help you build a rapport with your boss and colleagues. This will also help you learn more about your job expectations, culture and how things are done in the organisation.

FIND A MENTOR: This may be underrated but it’s crucial to find a mentor in any of your seniors who has been the firm for a few years. It could be your manager or your peers from the same or even a different department. Their experience will come in handy when dealing with crucial situations.

KEEP YOUR BOSSES IN THE LOOP: Throughout the first week, and the rest of your tenure at work, ask for periodic meetings with your boss as per their convenience.In addition to getting their direction on projects and tasks you have been assigned, you can also use this face time to update him/her on your learnings and observations.

DON’T COMPARE: Never compare your last job to your current one.Deciding to switch jobs was your decision. There is a difference between expectations and reality.However, if there is a massive change in role, talk to your manager and look for a solution. Those pursuing their first job must go with a clear mind.


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