You’ve just been offered a job and have happily accepted. Congratulations! This is huge!
But after the celebratory dust settles, now what? Now you need to prep for your first day, as well as your first weeks, at your new job.
Read below for some tips on how to shine during your first few weeks on the job.
- Be ready for your new employer to not be ready for you. That is, your desk may not be available, your phone may not be hooked up, and your computer may be AWOL. Just go with the flow, stay pleasant and flexible.
- If you didn’t notice this during your interviews, don’t be shy about asking directly about your company’s/department’s dress code. Is it a formal workplace? The Professional Staffing Group places people in many law and accounting/financial settings, which tend to see employees dressing in more conservative, business-like attire. Regardless of where you work, you want your work and professionalism to be noticed, not your clothes.
- Read the employee handbook from cover to cover (you may need to take it home to do this). Realize that every company has it’s “own” way of doing things and, if in doubt as to how to interact with customers, colleagues, send e-mails, etc. don’t be shy about asking your supervisor about how “things are done” at your new employer. For example, many companies thrive on e-mail, with almost all meaningful communication coming and going via Outlook. But others prefer that colleagues call each other or even – the thought of it! – walking to someone’s cubicle or office to ask a question. Make it a point to observe and ask questions, if necessary, about the “real way” things are done at your new firm.
- Finally, understand that your new position, your new company, your new colleagues may not be exactly as you had thought they would be. This is perfectly normal and to be expected. No company or job is perfect. Just be aware of this and keep an open mind. Be patient about passing judgment about your tasks and colleagues for a few weeks until you’re truly settled in. This job and this company may be quite “different” from what you’re used to, but if you keep looking for the positive – and there will be plenty of positives! – you’ll undoubtedly find that you’ll grow to love it even more than your previous position/company.
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