First Impressions: Surviving Your First Week

The job hunting process can be very frustrating - but now that you've got your new job, here are a few tips on how to present yourself the way you want at your new place of work. Afterall, a new job signifies a new beginning and a new chapter in your life. Whether you are working in Health Care or a business office setting, start fresh and walk in strong!

Be Prepared - your first week will be very overwhelming. You will meet too many new faces, have a lot of information thrown at you, be tasked with new responsibilities and have to adjust to a whole new routine.  Anticipating this change and preparing before hand will help you cope through the changes and help you thrive!

Listen -  especially during your first weeks, you will encounter a lot of new information, processes and instructions. It is important to listen and absorb as much as you can.  This will also allow you to provide a fresh set of eyes for looking at existing processes or systems.  Once you've settled in and understand better how the company works, you can make meaningful suggestions!

Ask Questions - if you don't understand something, speak up! Asking meaningful questions will help you do your job better and help you meet any expectations your company has of you.

Be On Time (or better yet, be early!)  -  never show up late in your first couple weeks. It will be hard to adjust to a new routine but if you plan ahead, you can ensure you arrive on time. This applies too to lunch or coffee breaks! 

Don't Eat Alone - what this really means is to get out there and meet as many people as you can! Introduce yourself - you can learn a lot of about the culture of your new workplace from your new coworkers.

But most of all, don't worry. Your first week at your new job will be intimidating but if you approach your new adventure with the right mindset and commit to doing your best, soon enough you will settle right in.