You just landed a new gig. The interview went smoothly, your two weeks notice is up at your former job, and its the Sunday before you start at your new job. What is running through your head?
Anxiety, nervousness, excitement and anticipation might be some emotions you feel. I am familiar with these emotions because I was in the above situation just last Sunday! It is safe to say that starting a new job is intimidating, but it is what the professional world is all about. Even though a new job might be a reminder of what the first day at school is like, with these tips formed by myself during my first week here at Sharn Enterprises Inc, you will be comfortable at your desk in no time.
1. Make goals for yourself– After learning exactly what your employer is looking for, make goals involving either qualitative or quantitative data. For example, as the company’s main social media marketer, I set a goal that I will reach over 1,000 Twitter followers at the end of the summer. With specific goals in the back of my mind, I am able to stay focused and am constantly reminded that I am expected to meet a certain standard that I set for myself.
2. Be Nice
– Introduce yourself to everyone in the office. If you see a new person during the week, go up to them and introduce yourself as well. Don’t assume everyone knows who you are. Ask questions to your co-workers and get a little background on them. After all, you will see them everyday!
3. Stay Organized- A new desk means new places to put all your stuff. Ask your co-worker where to find the folders and make labels of what’s what. Don’t forget staying organized online as well. All digital files need a place to go- this was a mistake I made at my last gig. Leaving everything on the desktop leads to headache. Starting fresh gives you the opportunity to file manage at the get-go. You will thank yourself later!
4. Take Notes and Be Patient- Take notes on everything. This may differ from person to person, but writing lists and reminders in a notebook is an effective tool for me. I feel a sense of relief when I am able to go back and double check something that I wrote in a note. Another important tip to remember is to be patient. You are taking these notes to learn and learning takes time. Be patient, you will get into a routine within a few weeks.
5. Enjoy lunch- Make sure you double check on your company’s lunch break policy. If you are given some time for a break, make sure you stretch, get up and even go for a ride. It is important for you to check out for a little to stay on task during the rest of your day. Also, make sure you eat something healthy… because we all know a candy bar just doesn’t cut it.
6. Listen & Observe- Listen to everyone with an open mind and observe your surroundings. Taking the time to listen isn’t just a “new job” tip… It is a life tip. Listening instead of talking shows that you are patient, open-minded, and caring.
7. Be on time, ALL THE TIME-
This is the one tip I cannot stress enough. I have been raised that being early is being on time. No matter what the excuse, a new employer doesn’t have the time to hear it. Arrive on time or even a few minutes early to get settled in. Make being on time a number one priority.
8. Challenge yourself- A new job is an opportunity to challenge yourself in ways you never thought you could. Set those high standards for yourself and exceed them. Offer to help a co-worker, take on an important project, and never settle for “good enough.” A good challenge leads to better results in the future.