5 Tips on Getting Through the First Week at a New Job

You got a new job. You are happy to be there. You want to do well, but you are worried about all that you do not know. You know you have the right job skills for the new job, but you do not know this company. This does make it challenging to be a strong employee and to impress your employer, but most quality companies fully understand it will take you some time to get caught up and on the right page. Nevertheless, there are several things you can do to make this happen.

#1 – Know the Company

Even before you get that new job you should have as much information as possible about the company. This includes information about what it does, what it’s mission statement is, and what it has to offer overall. That helps you to know the business and potentially even its structure long before you go in for the job.

#2 – Ask for a Job Mentor

One option you can take is to ask for a job mentor. This professional is someone who is well versed in the company and who has outstanding experience with the new job. He or she can help you to get the information you need and to ultimately learn the ropes. A job mentor helps you to know what you need to do and how to do it.

#3 – Meet with the Hiring Manager

Come in a bit early for that first day on your new job. Stop by and see the hiring manager or the person who hired you. Discuss what your job tasks will be. Determine what your goals should be for your first day.

#4 – Ask Questions

Though it can be hard to do, the best route to take on your new job is to be the type of person that asks questions. When you are, you reduce the risk of finding yourself avoiding common mistakes on your first day. Your job skills are still there, you just need to learn the way this company wants you to do things.

#5 – Ask How You Did

At the end of that first day, talk to your supervisor. Ask questions about how you did. Discuss what your expectations are for that initial week so you know what to expect going forward.

When it comes down to it, the details matter. Asking for a job mentor and working with the hiring manager can help you to do well no matter what your expectations are.

By Todd B Bavol