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Question: What is the most important thing someone should do on the first day of a new job?
Starting your first job is like stepping into unchartered territory. The culture, the customs, the language and even the food will be different. It is therefore important to get ready for the big changes that are coming. While your first day is important, your colleagues and your boss know that it will take you a bit more than that to acclimatise. Generally you will have at least one month to step into your new job and while there is no doubt that most things are learned by doing, you will find here some guidance on what you can do to kick-start your career in your first 30 days at work.
Dress smart, look good i.e. well groomed, smile, introduce yourself to people if your boss doesn’t do so, get your computer and systems activated. Your boss will probably propose to go for lunch together and that’s a good opportunity to ask about their expectations, and their definition of success in your job.
Get to know your team: invite them for coffees and lunches. Learn what are their responsibilities, and how you can help them to deliver their results (so that in exchange they will help you deliver yours). Include in this group the team assistant – he or she is usually the pillar of the team, so be nice and get to know them. Learn everything you can get your hands on in terms of knowledge that can be useful for your job. If you work in perfumes, for example, read everything you can about the industry, the players, the brands, the latest launches, the fragrance families, and so on.
Time for you to deliver your first output – this can be a report, an analysis, a recommendation… Produce something that when your boss sees, they will think: yes, we made the right choice hiring you! Remember to always arrive on time to meetings, take notes and, when needed, send out summaries with agreed action steps.
So there you have it, you’re all set for your first 30 days. Need more guidance after that? Discover our 5 essential rules to accelerate your career in our free resource: click here to find out more >>
Your first job is going to be one of the best roller-coaster experiences you will face in your life. Enjoy the ride!
Serena, co-founder of Wolf Leaders Academy
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