On the thirty-first installment of Tristan’s Tips, our special guest Tristan Layfield shares a couple of things you can do to set yourself up to have a great first week on the new job. The first week of work can be an exciting and fun time, but it can also be anxiety-inducing. Hopefully these tips help ease the transition into your new role!
Tristan: What is going on, y’ all? It’s Tristan Layfield of Layfield Resume Consulting, and I’ve teamed up with Living Corporate to bring you all a weekly career tip. This week let’s talk about a couple of things you can do to set yourself up to have a great first week on the new job.
The first week of work can be an exciting and fun time but it can also be anxiety-inducing. A new place to navigate, new people to remember, and a whole new set of responsibilities to learn. There are a few things that I’ve done each time I’ve started a new job that have made my transition a little easier, and I hope they can help you kill it on your first week.
Take notes, in fact, keep a small notebook near you as much as possible. During the first week on the job so much information is thrown at you that it’s difficult to remember it all. Onboarding tasks, names, meetings, new processes, and so much more. The more you document, the more you’ll have to refer back to later.
Take some time to get familiar with the office. There’s nothing worse than the sudden panic when you have a meeting in a minute but you don’t know where the conference room is. Take the time in the first couple of days to feel out the space and learn where your team typically meets.
If you can, find an office buddy. Pairing up with someone who’s been in the office and is at or around your level of seniority, will help you acclimated and help get your questions answered.
Last, but definitely not least try to learn the names and positions of the people you see or interact with often. It’s the worst when people greet you by name and you don’t have a clue who they are or what they do. Committing this info to memory not only makes the office feel more like home, but it reduces anxiety and helps you figure out who to go to when you need help with certain things.
Hopefully these tips help ease the transition into your new role.This tip was brought to you by Tristan of Layfield Resume Consulting. Check us out on Instagram, twitter, and facebook at @layfieldresume or connect with me, Tristan Layfield, on LinkedIn!