Do’s and Don’ts: First Week on the New Job

I realize I blog every week about things you should or should not do that will help you to get that first job. Then, it hit me! I should share some “do’s and don’ts” with those of you who are graduating in May and have already accepted a new job! (Congratulations, by the way!) I was surfing the Internet and found a blog on My Campus Chronicles I would like to share with you:

It’s your first day on the job and you are so excited about getting to know all of your co-workers. But, now you have to convince everyone that you are a terrific addition to the office. Even if you do everything right that first day, the rest of that first week you’ll be sized up by colleagues and managers as they try to figure out whether you are a great hire… or not. Be on top of your game because there are a few things that can sour the early impressions people have of you.

DON’T be late –
If you show up late to work, you’re doomed. Being on time is a basic expectation that should not be taken lightly. To be safe, do a test run to work and allow extra time for emergencies. Better yet, plan to arrive a few minutes early.

DON’T dress inappropriately –
Choosing your work wardrobe– especially during the first week – can be challenging if you're not familiar with the company’s culture. No matter what, stay away from visible tattoos and piercings, unusual hair styles or colors, and any clothing that is too tight, short, baggy, wrinkled or low-cut. Ideally, take a look at an employee manual prior to your first day or contact human resources for guidance.

DON’T forget names –
People admire others who remember and use their names. So, try hard to remember the folks you're introduced to during your first week. Associate a person's name with someone or something you know to help jog your memory.

DON’T cuss –
You may be comfortably fowl-mouthed with friends or family, but in the workplace such language is considered offensive. Instead, choose your words carefully and avoid phrases like "that sucks" or "that bites." They’re simply unprofessional.

DON’T over-use your cell phone –
The hard truth is this: cell phones can become a nuisance in an office setting. If you must use your cell phone, do it privately and quickly. And, if you must bring your cell phone to meetings, be sure to explain why you must have it with you, and put it on vibrate.

DON’T disregard orientation –
Training and orientation can be dull – or overwhelming. Don’t create the perception that you are not engaged in your new responsibilities. Instead, ask questions that can give you an advantage during your first few weeks on the job.

So, make an effort to present yourself as favorably as possible right out of the gate. If your co-workers have a good first impression, it will have a positive effect on how they view you in the months and years to come.

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