Here are some tips for making a great impression in Week One at your newÂ firm.
1. Tear into it – on Day One, make a difference. Find aÂ quick win on an important project and score some results. This will showÂ you are a difference-maker.
2. Be aÂ sponge – soak up as much information as you can. Read all theÂ paperwork, handbooks, guides, and how-tos you are given at night, thenÂ implement them the next day.
3. Ask a lot of questions – find outÂ all you need to know to do your new job.
4. Shake a lot of handsÂ – make sure you have spoken to everyone in your office or department.Â Introduce yourself and try to remember names – you need to learn theÂ influence network and find out who matters, and can help you.
5.Â Radiate energy – unless yours is a brand new position, you’ll beÂ stepping into someone else’s shoes. The position may have been vacantÂ for a while so the team will be delighted to see you. Put your shoulderÂ to the wheel and make them glad you’ve arrived.
6. Learn theÂ culture – this will take some time, but a good indicator is to see whatÂ makes people laugh. Nothing says newbie than someone who doesn’t gelÂ with the culture, so learn the values the company prizes.
7.Â Socialize – grab lunch with your new co-workers and go for a beerÂ afterwards, if you get the chance. Get to know them as people.
8.Â Say ‘we’ not ‘they’ – this will feel odd at first, but the sooner youÂ can become one of ‘us’ and talk about what ‘we’ll’ be doing, the better.Â If ‘we’ still means your prior firm, that could be awkward.
9.Â Get to grips with the technology – especially the email system. Use theÂ correct font, upload your photo to the IM system and intranet – make itÂ look like you’ve been there for years.
10. Enjoy it – and say howÂ much you enjoy it. It’s great to have new people on the team, and yourÂ enthusiasm will energize everyone.
I’m sure there are lots ofÂ other tips on creating a good impression in Week One. It’s been a while for me, so I’d love to hear any first-hand tipsÂ you might have.