Once you’ve accepted a job offer, it can be tempting to kick back and take it easy. After all, the hardest part is behind you. You’ve polished your resume, filled out your application, nailed your interviews, and finally got the job. But now’s not the time to slow down. Getting off to a good start is just as important; your first few weeks can set the tone for the rest of your time with a new company, for better or worse. Here’s how to make the most of your early weeks:
Do your research
Before your first day, devote a few hours to checking out your company’s website, LinkedIn, and social media profiles. You may be surprised how much you can learn about their culture, mission, and organization with some quick browsing.
Arrange your workstation so you have easy access to all your paperwork, supplies, and electronics. Coming up with an efficient organization system in your first few weeks will save you major time in the long run.
Set expectations with your manager
Your manager should be your go-to during your early days. Reach out to them with questions, and make sure you schedule a sit down to discuss goals and expectations. Establishing a clear line of communication from the jump will make it easier to go to them whenever you need support.
Don’t neglect the small stuff
The little things can make a huge difference in your day-to-day experience at work. Find out where to find good coffee, grab a snack, or squeeze in a quick nap. Having this insider info will help you get comfortable more quickly.
Put yourself out there
Introduce yourself to everyone – your coworkers, the higher-ups, administrators, the janitor. Being open and friendly will help you get to know people faster and build the support system you need to thrive at your new job.
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