How to Survive Your First Days at Work

How to Survive Your First Days at Work

You made it! You have the training to qualify for the job, you aced the interview and it is time to start working in the career of your choice. Whether it is tech, healthcare or finance, the first day at any job can be overwhelming.  Workplaces are like people. They have unique personalities and temperaments. Navigating through the new faces and culture while doing your job can be daunting at first. Here’s some helpful hints to get you through the first few days.


  •       Listen – Many times a new employee does not realize the interview is over and continues to try to impress bosses with their knowledge. However, on the first day of the job, it’s okay, even encouraged, to admit you don’t know everything. Let your mentor train you. Ask questions. Repeat important points. Take notes. Supervisors notice when you are eager to learn and retain.


  •        Get to know your coworkers – Remember names and faces from the highest level boss to the late night janitor. Repeat names back to people when you meet them, even write them down during your break. Your colleagues are with you all day and you are relying on each other with every project. And take those breaks to get to know your office neighbors. This isn’t just to help you at your job, it’s to help you have fun at your job.


  •       Volunteer  – If there is a task you can do and it isn’t being done, feel free to talk to your supervisor. This can be within your department’s needs or outside of the department for social events or committees. Many employers have extra-curricular activities like the holiday party or non-profit fundraising committees. If you have experience and/or desire to volunteer for any activities, your HR department may help you out.


  •        Be discreet on social media – It can be tempting to glow or vent about your job with your internet friends. Avoid this. What may seem like a harmless vague remark about your current or past employers can get to your supervisor and reflect poorly on you. Be careful what you make public. An offhand tweet can cost your job.


  •        Take time before you take charge –Think before you leap into showing your big idea. Odds are it has been thought of before and didn’t work. So take this opportunity to have a learning experience. Ask what was tried in the past. Make a mental note on what did and didn’t work and why. This information will prove extremely valuable as you progress into your career and you find yourself in a perfect position to suggest new ideas.


  •       Check in – If your boss isn’t checking in with you regularly to discuss your progress, check in with them. Ask where you can improve and what you are doing well. Find out what your team and your supervisor would like to see you continue doing. And feel free to ask questions outside of your job duties. This is a good time to ask about areas in and out of your job duties to volunteer.


  •       Keep learning – While you train in your job, it is always a positive to keep your skills updated with new classes. Learn the latest compliance regulations or new software. Even learning outside of your vocation can do wonders for your critical thinking skills inside the office. Take courses that may overlap with your career or complement your knowledge while working with another department.


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