Did you just get a new job offer? Congratulation!
You got through the hardest part - the application process. But you didn't think everything would be child's play from now on, did you? Starting a new job can be stressful. In your first few weeks, you have to get used to your new surroundings, new colleagues, and new tasks. So that you can settle in as quickly as possible, we have put together a few tips on how to cope with the first week in your new job.
Plan your way to work
Before you start your new job, you should plan your route to work. Allow enough time to get there until you figure out how long you really need. It is better to be early than late, because if you are late in your first week, you will certainly not make a good impression.
Especially on your first day, you should take every opportunity to introduce yourself to new people. No matter where you meet someone, introduce yourself and talk to them so they have you on their radar. Making a good first impression is important in building relationships with your coworkers.
Find a mentor
Find someone who knows the office well and can help you. Someone who has been with the company for a long time knows the atmosphere and the rules and can explain to you what to look out for. Find out what the hierarchy is like in the office so you know who to turn to when you have a problem. A mentor is also good to have if you have questions that you don't necessarily want to ask your boss - like: "Where are the pens here? "
Have a meeting with your boss
In your first week in your new job, you should definitely sit down with your boss. In such a meeting, mutual expectations can be exchanged and you can find out what your boss will expect from you in the future. So you can determine for yourself what you should focus on. It can also be used to discuss what your assessment will look like.
“Be a sponge” - you should take this to heart, because you should soak up all new information. Try to understand everything that happens in the office by asking questions. Ask questions related to the job, but don't forget to ask about the rules of the office too. For example, you should ask about rules for using the kitchen or common rooms. By asking questions, you can prevent misunderstandings from turning into big mistakes. There are no stupid questions, but you should definitely take notes so you don't have to ask questions twice.
Offer your help
It's unlikely that your schedule will be full for the first week. So you will have some free time to make yourself useful by offering your help to the people around you. That will make a good impression and it will be easier for you to become part of the team. If you have even more free time, you can also go to additional meetings or activities.
Organize yourself and show your skills
With all this new information, it can quickly happen that you are a little overwhelmed. To avoid this, you should organize yourself and create a schedule. This way you can be sure that you will not forget anything and that you will manage everything in time. You should also start showing your skills. The managers hired you for a reason and you should now prove to them that they made the right decision.
Get used to your new surroundings
Especially when you go abroad to work, you will find yourself in a new environment that you will have to get used to. Get used to your new surroundings by exploring the neighborhood and finding out where to find supermarkets, restaurants, cafes, and pharmacies.
With these tips, you should be well prepared for the first week in your new job abroad. Try to get to know as many new people as possible and make a good impression. If you are not shy, you will do well the first week.
Good luck in your new job!