How to Survive Your First Week at a New Job
Posted Thursday, Mar 24, 2011 by
For someone just out of college, landing that first job can be exhilarating. It can also be a bit intimidating. A 40-hour-a-week job comes with rules, responsibilities and expectations most people don’t encounter in school – especially if you earned your degree online! So how do you get off on the right foot? Here are some tips to help you survive – and thrive – on your first week at a new job:
* Keep current on company news. Since you were smart and talented enough to land this job in the first place, we imagine you already researched your new employer thoroughly via its website and various Google searches. That’s a good start. Now set up Google Alerts or similar news alert services to notify you of any further company news. Whether the news is good or bad, it’s important you’re up to speed before you even start your new job.
* Show up early – and be ready to stay late. To make a good first impression, arrive at your new job five to 10 minutes early. (Showing up a few minutes early every day can benefit your image as well.) And be prepared to leave a few minutes late. You don’t have to pretend you’re a workaholic. (Unless you are.) Staying just five to 10 minutes beyond quitting time should let your new colleagues know you’re not a “clock watcher.”
* Overdress. When you went on your interviews, you probably wore your best business attire, made sure your hair was cut, shoes were shined and (for women), your make-up was clean and conservative. For your first few days at your new job, you should take the same approach. While at work, take time to look at how your co-workers dress and then slowly adjust your wardrobe to reflect the local “norm.”
* Be eager to learn. No one expects you to be an expert your first day on the job – or even your first month. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. In fact, seek out opportunities to ask your co-workers and supervisors about your work in particular and your company in general.
* Take notes. Taking notes is not only a good way to remember details, but doing so also shows your co-workers that you’re interested in remembering details.
* Do lunch. Whether your co-workers tend to go out for lunch or eat in, go with the pack. “Breaking bread” is a great way to establish rapport with co-workers and also get the local gossip people may be reluctant to discuss while on the clock.
Everest University Is Available Online
If you are someone looking forward to getting your first job – or moving up to a better job — earning an associate, bachelor’s or even a master’s degree is a great way to get employers to look at you seriously. But you may not have the time or opportunity to attend a traditional college. If so, you can earn your degree online from Everest University Online, a division of Everest University.
Everest University Online offers degree programs in:
- Computer Information Science
- Criminal Investigations
- Criminal Justice
- Homeland Security
Courses are taught by industry professionals. Everest’s Career Services department is available to help you identify and contact local employers upon graduation – and beyond!
For more information on program courses and schedules, contact Everest University Online today!
Financial aid is available for those who qualify.