Congrats! You got a new job. You're feeling eager and ready to impress anyone who comes your way. However, if you're new, you may not realize there are a few crucial tasks you need to do in your first few weeks to help reaffirm that you were the right choice. Consider these tips on what you should be doing within your first few weeks at a new job.
1. Make friends and introduce yourself
In your first few weeks, it's important to establish yourself.1 Many people may know you simply as the new hire, but they might not know what to expect from you other than what they've heard. People may also be shy around you in those first few weeks, so it's important that you take initiative and get to know people. Introduce yourself to anyone you encounter, whether it's the kitchen, while waiting for coffee or even in the bathroom. Getting your first name out there and having some casual conversation can help you feel much more comfortable in the office and will make you more recognizable and memorable.
2. Find a veteran
You also want to link up with someone who's been around the block and can properly show you the ropes.2 This person may be able to teach you things that you won't learn in the introductory meetings and can teach you a few lessons about the office culture. That person can also introduce you to people you may not have met otherwise.
3. Set the bar with your boss
It's important that you set the bar with your boss early on so both of you are on the same playing field. Discussing your role at the company and what you will be expected to do in the first few weeks is a good way to keep yourself on track and avoid any surprises.
4. Stay true to your promises
If you made promises in the interview or boasted about a certain set of skills, follow through in those first few weeks and show your boss and coworkers why you were hired. You also will want to keep track of any hurdles you've overcome at the job or commendable performances. Creating a list of these early on will motivate you to keep working hard and will be a good point of reference when you're looking for a review or a raise.
5. Create an organized plan
With a new job, you have a clean slate. Whether this is your first career or you've had a few already, it's always important to put your best foot forward right off the bat. Establish a solid work ethic and correct any mistakes you've made in the past, such as being late for meetings or forgetting about a project. Use this early time to set a solid plan that proves you're the best you can be at your job.