The first week of a new job can be daunting, but how do you get through the mine field of people and information whilst also making the best first impression?

Be yourself from when you walk in on your first day and remember to be confident. You want to make the best first impression so remembering your colleagues names is also important.

How should you behave?

  • Be punctual! Not just in the mornings but being on time for meetings, training sessions, catch ups and social gatherings is just as important to make a strong first impression.
  • Being enthusiastic and showing a willingness to work and learn is really important. Be inquisitive and ask lots of questions as well as being pro active and willing to try new things. When you ask questions, keep them positive and don’t be afraid to speak up. It’s in everyone’s best interest to get you up and running within your role as quickly as possible so don’t be afraid to ask lots of relevant questions. Don’t ask the same questions time and time again, show that you understand that the next one you ask is relevant.
  • Be positive about the new job, the business and your colleagues. If you have the right attitude and show positivity, then your colleagues will see that you want to be there and are wanting to be part of their team.

How can you manage the tiredness?

You will be really tired in the first week, but you can do a few things to help you manage this exhaustion.

  • Go to bed early and keep a regular sleep routine. Rest is also equally important so put your feet up and get some R and R as it will help to alleviate any stress or anxiety you may be feeling.
  • Think about what your new routine looks like….. Have your working hours changed? Has your commute changed? Have you thought about what your new work – life balance may look like now as it probably won’t be the same as before. Create a new routine from this and try to stick to it.
  • Try not to book other social commitments outside of work until your settled and able to mentally commit to them.
  • Keep up with your exercise routing if you have one as this is a great stress reliever.
  • Observe what is gong on around you at work. What does everyone else do? When do they arrive in the morning? How long do they take for lunch? How do your colleagues interact with the management and each other? What is the communication like? Do they email or speak over the phone?

All of this can help you think about your new routing within the office and to be able to fit in with the culture more effectively.

How to build relationships and fit into the company culture.

One of the key things to do in any new job is to build new working relationships with your colleagues.

  • Make sure that you introduce yourself to everyone around you during your induction process. It is expected that you will be introduced to key people in the business, but they tend to be brief and just names that most people can’t remember. So, if you can, try and go back and speak to them for a few minutes later as it will be worth it in the long run. Think about who sits near you or who are you going to come into contact with on a regular basis if virtual. Its easier to ask for help if you have already built relationships with these people initially.
  • You can do this by being respectful, friendly, and open to offers of assistance or support. If someone invites you to lunch, grab that opportunity and really enjoy that chance to build connections with your colleagues.
  • Get one to one time with your new manager if you can within the first week and start building this relationship as soon as you can. You should be thinking about finding out what their expectations are of you? How do they prefer to communicate with you? How do they like to manage and how do you like to learn? What behavioural traits and values do they find important? All of this will help you find the best way of working with them moving forward.

Make sure that you leave any bad habits at the door and go into this new job with open eyes and ideas. You may have done the job for years withing previous organisations but be careful not to make assumptions that this job is going to be the same and that your tasks will be completed in the same way. If you come in too confident and preaching about how you have always done something, it could impact your ability to develop and potentially not make the right first impression.

Try to be open and optimistic, enjoy your first week. Embrace the changes and look forward to what the future holds.

There is the potential that you will have challenges and if you feel like you need some extra support it’s a great idea to keep in touch with your recruiter that you’ve been working with. Recruiters have a lot of experience guiding and supporting people through those first weeks in new roles which can be stressful, so take advantage of that and really utilise the recruitment contact for that.

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