There’s no doubt that the first week at a new job can be overwhelming. Most employers are completely understanding of this and have curated their training plan to deliver the information in a digestible manner, but that does not mean that they aren’t assessing your abilities right from the get go. If you’re looking to impress your supervisors within your first week of work, we’ve rounded up some quick tips on how to stand out right from the beginning:
1. Do Your Research
Assuming you did research on the company during your interview, don’t forget that information as you embark on day one of your first week with the team. The employees who are training you are most likely passionate about the company and would be flattered to know that you took the time to get to know the company, their values and any other bits of information that may be relevant.
2. Take Notes
From a training perspective, it’s always troubling if the candidate is not taking notes on the information they’re learning. This is because it undoubtedly means that you’ll be repeating yourself down the road when questions arise about topics you’ve already covered. Taking notes demonstrates that you, as the trainee, care about what’s being presented and are taking the orientation process seriously.
3. Ask Meaningful Questions
On the flip side, trainers will become concerned if you don’t ask any questions, because that means you may not be internalizing the information and thinking about the next steps. In most training scenarios, questions are encouraged because the end goal is for you to have a full grasp on the information. Questions also alert the person conducting the training of where there are holes in the training process and guide them to make improvements for new hires in the future.
4. Read Everything… And Then Review
If the organization has taken the time to create a handbook, training guide, playbook or any other form of written material for you to review, then it’s probably filled with important information that will be essential to your success at the company. Read through this material as many times as it takes to understand the information that’s being presented and prepare questions about anything that may feel unclear after reviewing the materials.
5. Learn Names
If it’s possible, keep a list of people who you’ve met and write down anything you learn about them to help you remember their names as quickly as possible. This will help you feel more immersed in the team and will show your teammates that you’re paying attention to the details.
6. Look For Ways To Improve Processes
If you’re introduced to a process that you’ve done differently or more efficiently in previous jobs, don’t be afraid to speak up and share what you know. Many businesses, especially start up environments, are usually open to adjusting their processes and learning from fresh minds that enter the team. Don’t underestimate your previous experience by not sharing what you can bring to the table in your new workspace.
Starting a new job on the right foot is so important for setting the stage for a future of success at a company. Above all, take a deep breath and relax! It’s OK to be nervous or anxious about the unfamiliar territory, but before you know it you’ll be immersed in the team.
Story By: Sophie Duncan