Timely Tips for Surviving the First Few Weeks of a New Job
You just landed a new job. It’s time to celebrate. Okay, that’s enough. Smooth the switch to your new gig by following these 10 tips.
1. Have a Professional Image on Social Channels
Your co-workers are curious. They’ll probably check you out on social media. Here’s a rule of thumb: If you wouldn’t want your mother to see it, you probably don’t want your employer to see it either.
2. Get to the Office Early
Unless your supervisors are early morning workers, try to get to the office before they do. Arriving 15 minutes before the official start of the day helps show you’re excited and ready to roll.
3. Dress the Part
Co-workers do judge newcomers by the clothing. If HR said there was a dress code, follow it. If you’re not sure, go a little conservative.
4. Change Your Habits
A new job is a fresh start. So it’s a good time to start a new financial habit as well. Does your company have a coffee room instead of buying a morning cup? Can you start bringing lunch to work? Small habit changes can help you save money.
5. Introduce Yourself
Don’t wait for other people to introduce themselves to you. Just say hello and get to know the people around you. Introduce yourself to people in other departments, too. It will help make fitting in easier.
6. Leave Your Old Job at the Door
If you’re constantly talking about your last job and how things were done there, it can get tiring very quickly. Try to focus on now and listen to your colleagues. Understand the culture. It will help you become an important part of it.
7. Build Up Savings
While you may want to splurge for a while, resist the temptation. Create a new budget that lets you have some extra fun money, but make putting money away a priority.
8. Set Expectations
The way you act towards work in the first few weeks can set the tone for how you’ll fit with everyone else and create positive expectations for the future.
9. Speak Up
You might be the new person, but don’t sit in meetings quietly. Ask questions, learn as much as you can about the company and the culture. The more people see and hear you, the better they’ll understand your role.
10. Update Your Professional Networks
You’ve got a new position. Let people know what you’re doing and your new responsibilities. You never know what new doors it may open.