Job Search Tip: How to Survive Your First Week at Work

September 16th, 2011 | Job Search | No Comments »

Starting a new job can definitely be daunting, even if it’s a place with a great work environment and friendly coworkers. Figuring out who everyone is, what you’re supposed to be doing, and where things are can be time-consuming tasks, leaving you confused and anxious about the week ahead of you. So how will you survive you first week?

1. Be friendly, positive, open-minded, and always smiling. Even if you’re a little more introverted, making a friendly first impression will really help you. Becoming one of the team quickly will help you feel a lot more familiar with your workplace early on.

2. Ask questions, lots of them. Sitting at your desk quietly, trying to figure things out on your own won’t get you anywhere fast. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, as the more questions you ask, the faster you’ll get comfortable in your new position.

3. Personalize your workspace. It might help you relax into your new role if you make your space yours. Whether it’s family pictures, mementos, or general office décor, when you make yourself at home, you’ll get that sense of belonging faster.

4. Be patient. Chances are, it will take a while for everything to click, and you can’t rush that process. Just remember that everyone’s been in the same situation at some point or another, and every company is different. Understand that these things take time, and before you know it, you’ll have survived your first week at your new job.