Your First Week at Work

Firstly, congratulations on making it through the job hunt and application process and for securing your desired role. Now it’s time to prove to your new employers why they made the right choice in hiring you and taking action to nail your new role. Before you get started, it’s a good idea to bookmark these handy tips before you start tackling the new role head-on.

1. Absorb as much information as possible. When starting a new role, it’s not just the job description you’ve got to learn. The culture, politics, habits, and general office mechanics are often underestimated, but gauging these early on is going to help you settle into the new role a lot quicker.

2. Introduce yourself. Getting to know your colleagues from the get-go and building a good reputation is going to help you in the short and long term. Get the awkwardness out the door as soon as possible and start networking in your office as soon as you can. Make sure you’re not too chatty so it doesn’t come across like you’re just there to socialise, but ensure you come across as approachable, professional and friendly to your team.

3. Take notes. A lot of learning happens in the first week and it’s going to be hard to remember everything. Take as many notes as possible. Your future self will thank you for it, as will your colleagues who won’t need to repeat themselves.

4. Get to know your new environment. Familiarise yourself with your immediate team, the wider office, the roles and positions of everyone and find out who you will be working with directly and indirectly. Your team will guide you through this, but it’s up to you to remember and to build good relationships with these people from the beginning.

5. Listen and learn before you build and change. While you may be brimming with ideas and wanting to show off your expertise, the first week is one of learning. You don’t want to come across as arrogant and it’s important to learn the processes before committing to any big projects. Nobody in the office expects you to know everything in the first week, so it’s a good time to analyse your surroundings and settle in properly.

No matter how experienced or confident you are, the first week at work is never the easiest. Make sure to take time to check in with yourself at the end of each day and reflect on what you’re learning. It has been a big period of change and it’s going to take time to fully settle in and find your feet in the new role.
For more information or advice, contact our recruitment team at Granite Consulting.