How to get through your first week

Congratulations, you got that perfect job! If you’re at all nervous about starting, here’s a quick guide to get you through your first week.

First off, prepare. If you can, give yourself a bit of a break between leaving one job and starting the next. This way, you avoid being flustered and tired and will start your new job fresh. Research the company culture, prepare any documents you will need to take with you, ensure that you will be prepared for any training or meetings you will attend. If you aren’t sure what is in store, then ask!

Don’t be late! Plan your route, maybe even do a test run at the time that you’re going to be getting there on a normal workday. By doing this you will most likely cut out any delays that could occur. It’s better to get there early than it is late, so set off a few minutes before you’ve planned, just to be safe!

Worrying about not knowing anyone is pointless at this stage, since, most likely, you don’t know anyone. Smile, say hello to people and introduce yourself, ask if you have questions and you’ll soon find yourself fitting in. Turning down some help isn’t sensible when you’re getting to grips with things, so don’t be too prideful. Everyone’s been the new guy before!

Take notes. When asking for help, note down what you’re told. By doing this, you’ll avoid repeating questions and will familiarise yourself with where things are, who everyone is and how to do things sooner.

Dress professionally. As is commonly said, it’s better to be overdressed than underdressed. So wear professional clothing to present yourself well. This may sound patronising, but make sure your clothes are neat and ironed, your hair washed, your shoes shined, amongst other bits and bobs. By doing this, you show that you’re willing to put the effort in for your work.

Hopefully, these tips will have helped you, but if you need any more advice, feel free to give us a call