Graduating college is considerably one of the most anticipated moments of a young adult’s life. You throw your graduation cap in the air, take photos in dignified regalia, and then make a public service announcement to your friends and family about the new job you’re starting soon.
But wait, there’s one thing – this is your first ever job in a full-time position as someone who is expected to be a key part of functioning within a company or business. Sounds scary, right? Well, you’re not alone. Despite the fear that the upcoming week at your new job presents, don’t sell yourself short, many people have not made it to where you are. In fact, Grand Canyon University shared that 38.70% of college graduates surveyed did not have a job in their field immediately after graduating. That being said, take time to recognize your accomplishments and read these tips on how to kill your first week at your new job.
1) Be On-Time
Nothing says professional like punctuality. Find it in yourself to wake up an extra hour early, have a light breakfast, and tidy yourself up nicely. First impressions are everything. You also don’t want to be the person who underestimated their commute time or scrambled to find a parking spot.
2) Take Notes and Ask Questions. On Everything.
Bring a notebook with you and be prepared to ask questions. Your first week is the time where you’re expected to jot down a long stream of notes and follow up with an even longer stream of questions. Your new team will be happy to answer them. Not only does taking notes come in handy when you need to reference specific information, but it’ll also show your team that you care.
3) Help Out Where You Can
Stay busy. During your first week, you’ll likely have fewer tasks than others as you begin to learn the ins-and-outs of your new role. It is still important to find a way to stay busy during this time period and help out where you can. Don’t be afraid to follow-up with your manager and ask “Is there something I can help with in the meantime?” This will assert that you maintain a standard of productivity in your workplace.
4) Say Hello to Your Coworkers
Every friendship starts with a hello. At a new job, that’s exactly what you need. Step out of your comfort zone to say hello to the people around your workplace, even those outside of your department. This will make others perceive you as approachable and friendly. The same person you give a simple hello to can also be the one who helps you with a future question or gives you a great piece of advice.
5) ) Remember That You’re Qualified
Lastly, remember that you have the skill it takes to do your job and do it well. If you didn’t, you would not have been offered the job in the first place. Keep your confidence high and remind yourself that something within you caught your employer’s attention to want you to join their team and be someone they see in their everyday life.