Conquering Your First Week.

Congratulations, you just started your new job! Now you may be getting a little nervous about your first week and how to make the best impression. Don’t worry, we have you covered with some easy tips on how to ease into your new position and be successful.

You may be feeling a little overwhelmed right now, but that’s completely normal. This is the time to meet new people and figure out the environment and where you fit in.

Introduce yourself. Studies have shown that anxiety can come from a new situation and not feeling confident in introducing yourself – that’s completely normal so shake off those nerves and let your enthusiasm shine through. Here are some ways to relieve the stress of introducing yourself.

  • Have an energetic opening line ready so you’re prepared to introduce yourself to a new faces.
  • Enlist the help of someone that you already know to break the ice.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and timing. If someone seems distracted, keep it short and don’t interrupt meetings to make your introduction.
  • Try your best to remember names. An easy way to help is by repeating it back to them upon your introduction. If you do forget, don’t feel bad in simply asking, “Remind me of your name.”

Ask questions. As you’re learning your new position, you can’t be afraid to speak up and ask questions. By asking managers and peers more questions, it will get you up to speed more quickly.

  • Write down your questions, and the answers. Having a pen and paper ready is very helpful. Even if a question seems simple, you don’t want to ask it twice.
  • Prioritize your questions. In your first week, it is important to get the most important information you need to know first, without overwhelming coworkers with questions.

Make a new friend and a mentor. It is important to find a fellow colleague that you can talk to as this will ease the stress of being the newcomer. This may be the person sitting next to you or another newcomer, but having someone to rely on will give you stability. Find a mentor, it’s beneficial to have an experienced employee that you can talk and learn from.

Navigate. Get familiar with your workplace. Locate where the breakroom, meeting rooms, coffee and water etc. If you have not been given a tour yet, ask a colleague for one. Also, this is the time to look into your commute. Research routes quickest to your work place to ensure you arrive on time.

While there is a lot to learn during this period, try to enjoy this opportunity to meet new people, learn new processes and hopefully set yourself up for long-term success within your company.

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