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 so you can start your new job feeling alert and 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!


Don’t worry

Worrying about things like not knowing anyone is pointless at this stage, since, most likely, you don’t know anyone. Smile, say hello to people and take the initiative to introduce yourself, ask if you have questions and you’ll soon find yourself fitting in.


Ask questions

Turning down help isn’t sensible when you’re getting to grips with things, so don’t be too proud to accept help. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and soak up as much information as possible. Remember everyone’s been the new guy before.


Take notes

When given instructions 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 so you belong to the team

At the interview, you will be able to see the culture of the company and work out what the dress code is. Be sure to choose outfits that make you feel confident and comfortable. If unsure you can ask the recruiter or your new manager what the dress code policy is, most companies and sites have one.


Don’t compare

It might be tempting to compare procedures or culture from your last job to the new one. However, it will be more beneficial to view every day with an open mind and not make snap judgements within the first week, most likely your perception will change as you get more comfortable. Bear in mind that your new colleagues will most likely not want to hear negative comparisons or this how I used to do it comments. It is a new opportunity so embrace it.


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