First Week On The Job Tips
Bring on the Moscow Mules! This past week I started a new job out here in good ol' Colorado. I am continuing my love of events (and a small part of social media marketing) at Front Range Event Rental in Fort Collins. So far I'm pretty happy.
The first week is always the most daunting. New policies and procedures are being thrown at you left and right. Learning the new systems seem easy at first glance but the more you play around, the more difficult it seems to become. The worst part for me has been trying to learn all of the new names of both the employees at the company and the other companies we work with. Not being from the area is a huge disadvantage, but I have great co-workers to learn from and they have already helped a lot.
If you've accepted a new job position, or are planning to graduate in the near future and are looking for jobs currently, below are some tips to help you get through your first week no matter where you end up:
1) GET ENOUGH SLEEP
Cannot stress this enough. Go to bed early, wake up at your alarm. Your new schedule (and your sanity) will thank you.
2) Start to work on a routine you want/need to stick to
If you realize that you're going to have to move your workouts to mornings or pack your lunches the night before, start doing it ASAP. Our bodies LOVE consistency whether you believe it or not. Start to match the pieces together and do what works best for you.
3) Get a planner/calendar
Planners and calendars are just for knowing when meetings are, but they can used to jot down notes, new co-workers names, schedule/shift changes, etc. Becoming or staying organized can help when you're at a new considerably.
4) Don't be afraid to make small-talk
Your co-workers don't know you and you don't know them...YET. You can change that whenever you please, even on your first step in the door. Talk about your pets, your home life, your previous work experience. Small talk is an easy way to warm up to strangers who you are soon going to be spending most of your days with, might as well get to know them.
5) Make FRIENDS with your co-workers (even if you prefer to spend your nights and weekends with your pet)
Like I said, you're going to be spending considerable amounts of time with these people who you consider "strangers" currently. You don't have to become BFFS but becoming friends and trusting in their knowledge of the job and company can help ease some anxiety you may have. Plus, everyone needs friends.
6) Instill a confidence within yourself
This doesn't mean create a "I'm better than you attitude" but instead create a "I may feel like I may not know a lot, but I can do this. I will learn and thank those who help me along the way." Once you create that inner confidence, honestly, you can tackle anything life may throw at you, including the duties within your job. For tips on how to "create" confidence for yourself click here.
7) Ask Questions
You may know a lot about the industry you're working in. You may know absolutely nothing. No matter where you fall on the spectrum, if you don't know something-ASK!! ESPECIALLY, if they have you working on REAL situations (not training or made-up situations). If you make a mistake with a client or the company's money there could be issues down the road. Don't be afraid to suck up your pride and ask and all questions.
8) Know that you are NOT expected to know everything right away
Going off of #7, you shouldn't be afraid to ask questions. You're NOT expected to know everything right away. There are people there who are happy to help, no matter how incompetent you feel about certain situations. Everyone there was once in your shoes also trying to figure it out. Just breathe. You've got this.
9) Make sure you have the "appropriate" wardrobe
"Appropriate" wardrobe is different for everyone. Some people need to wear suits with nice handbags to hold your computer. Others need jeans they can stain and rip. The only big requirement I needed was to stock up on closed toed shoes. (I love myself some sandals so I had to pick up some extra booties and sneakers.) Figure out what the dress code ASAP so you don't have to have weird conversations in the future.
10) Believe that you can do this
Because guess what? You can. It can be hard and even a little humilating (I am AWFUL with coworkers names...) but take the first week as a week full of lessons. You'll get it eventually. Believe that deep in your soul and I promise you'll be surprised by how quick everything comes to you.
Are you starting a new job soon? Have you RECENTLY started a new job and have any other tips I should add? Let me know in the comments below or shoot me an email!