Your first entry-level job is an accomplishment you should be proud of! You’ve made it through phone screens, in-person interviews with the hiring manager, and the final decision-making process. However, the number one priority after you’ve accepted the job offer is successfully navigating the job itself. A few things to consider prior to your start date include: balancing your workload, navigating daily tasks, and communicating with other members of your team (to name a few). We’ve prepared the top 7 ways to be successful at your first job. Check out our steps below!
1. Communicate With Your Team
On your start date, you will be introduced to various employees and team members within the company. This is where communication really takes the lead, as proper communication skills are essential for creating both a positive and collaborative work environment. We recommend speaking up when you have a question and establishing positive introductions to the team.
2. Dress Professionally
Do you dress business professional or casual? Based on your first interview, you will have a better understanding of the workplace environment and dress code. If not, reach out to the Human Resources department to confirm appropriate work attire.
Pro tip: The employee handbook usually lists work attire and other important details regarding the company. Give yourself plenty of time to read and review the item listed.
3. Establish A Game Plan
In order to properly balance your workload, you first need to set a game plan to help you get started. We recommend starting with a basic outline or check-list of things you know you want to accomplish by week 1, week 3, the first month, etc. It’s important to balance your daily tasks and progress goals you set for yourself.
4. Set Realistic Goals
Between training and meetings, it can be difficult to navigate the daily office activities and workload. Start by establishing realistic goals to help you navigate each workday successfully. Let’s say you have a project coming up but you also need to manage other tasks. Begin with the tasks that are time-sensitive the ones that require immediate attention, before moving on to smaller tasks without a set deadline.
5. Ask Questions
Asking questions when an issue comes up or reaching out when you need help with a project is of much importance during the first few weeks at your new job. Start with a clear focus on what it is you need to accomplish by reaching out to your manager or team member. If you have an important task coming up or need clarification on meeting details communication is key.
6. Keep Learning
The key to being successful in any workplace is to always be learning. This includes asking questions, collaborating with team members, and completing additional training. We recommend taking up a free certification course that would be beneficial for your training and career in the long run.
7. Build Your Professional Network
Investing in your professional network doesn’t end after you’ve landed a job. In fact, your opportunity to broaden your connections and networking opportunities are prevalent now more than ever. Start by connecting with a few members from your team on LinkedIn, as they share similar skill-sets and experiences. Next, reach out to business professionals in your industry and start networking!
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