We recently addressed how the employer can help make a new hire feel more comfortable when starting a new job. Now we want to address how as a ‘new hire’ you can make the most out of your first days, weeks and months as a new employee.

We have walked in your shoes. Starting a new job is nerve-wracking, exciting and can be overwhelming with so much to learn, so many new people to meet, new products to learn about, systems and the list goes on and on. To help navigate those days, here are some tips to help you acclimate and ramp up quicker:

  1. Ask what dress is appropriate so you fit in and don’t over or under dress.
  2. Get details in advance on when, where, what time and what to bring for the first day.
  3. Find out what materials or identification you may need for the first day
  4. Thoroughly read the company website, job description and any other materials available prior to starting. Google the company, check them out on social media so you can get a better idea of who all the players are and how they may interact with you.
  5. Be prepared with questions on how you can succeed, any rules, expectations (although those should have been handled during the interview process) so you know what you are supposed to do. Ask questions about things you don’t understand.
  6. Take notes, be prepared and study during off hours to get a jump on the knowledge needed to succeed, take it upon yourself to prove that you can do this job.
  7. If the job doesn’t appear to be what was discussed during the interview process, immediately go to your supervisor to discuss the discrepancies, don’t just disappear. Don’t burn bridges!
  8. Consider taking cookies or donuts on the first day as a conversation starter with fellow workers.
  9. Most importantly, relax. Everyone at the office has also walked in your shoes and knows what it was like to be new.
  10. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. There is no such thing as a “stupid question!”