Use this exact checklist on your first week at a new job to build connections and make a strong impression

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If you want to set yourself up for success in a new job, make sure you’re on top of your game from day one.
Amanda Augustine is a career expert and spokesperson at Talent Inc., a career services platform. She has over a decade of experience coaching professionals.
She details the steps that she’s seen successful people take in the first week of a new job.
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Starting a new job can be nerve-racking. The stakes are high: You have to prove yourself, become acclimated to the culture, and make a good impression.

So how important is that first impression?

It’s actually critical — and there are certain action items you can consider from the start to position yourself for accelerated success.

“The first three months of any new job are an extension of the interview process,” said Amanda Augustine, now a career expert and spokesperson at Talent Inc., a career services platform. “From the first day, you need to be on your game.”

With more than a decade of experience advising high-level professionals, Augustine details what the most successful people do that first week in a new job.

Be a geek about introducing yourself.

Take the initiative to meet people. Say hello in the elevator, kitchen, or bathroom.

“It could be a fast-paced culture, and they don’t have time to come to you,” Augustine said. “Start with the group that’s closest to you, the people you’re directly working with.”

It will be in their best interest to get you started on the right foot, since your work will directly affect theirs.

Befriend a veteran who can help you navigate politics (and find the pencils).

Learn who the players are, and who’s been at your company awhile, Augustine advised. Find the battered veteran who has a good handle on what works and doesn’t and can show you around.

“Companies have their own language and inside jokes,” she said. “Look for the one person to help you decode the acronyms and office politics.”

Plus, you’ll need someone to go to for the silly things. Asking your boss where to find the pencils is a bit below their pay grade.

Set expectations with your boss and employees.

“Get on your boss’s calendar,” Augustine said.

Use that initial meeting to establish what they believe success will look like in the first week, month, and three months.

At the same time, if you’re in a managerial position, it’s important to begin setting expectations with your direct reports. From communication style to office hours, that first week sets the tone.

Figure out the coffee situation.

Learning where the coffee is will always be a good strategy for success. It’s also important to figure out the unwritten rules of the office that, if violated, make people go ballistic. Who washes the dishes? Which shelves are communal?

“In our office, there are several refrigerators, and people get upset if you use the wrong one,” Augustine said. “Be a sponge, and watch how people are doing things. There’s nothing wrong …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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