New jobs are terrifying! There’s no getting around that fact.
The first week can go by in a blur and before you know it you can’t use the excuse that you’re the “new girl” anymore.
Between learning where the restroom is, remembering how to log into your new email, and figuring out where the coffee is… there’s little room in your brain to remember anything else those first five days.
I started my new job as a marketing manager for a technology company last month in Miami and (once I figured out where the snacks were and what time people usually leave the office in the evenings) I made a list of five other things I wanted to make sure I accomplished in that first week.
These five things not only helped this place feel like home faster, but also helped me start conversations with more people in the office sooner.
This is really tough, especially when you meet 20 people within the first hour of being at the office. Plus I have the memory of a goldfish. To help me learn names post the initial introduction (that I most likely already forgot), I try to listen when people chat around the office to hear what names they are calling and who is answering. I also look at calendar invites so I know the names of people who will be in a meeting and I can match faces to names (hopefully). The last thing you want to have happen is someone ask you to go find “Tyler” and you don’t have any clue who “Tyler” is.
Eat lunch with coworkers.
I made the mistake at my old office of always working through lunch, whether I needed to or not. On days when I was super busy it was nice just getting to sit there typing and munching away, but on days I wasn’t busy it almost felt weird to go sit in the cafeteria with coworkers who I rarely interacted with. Relationships with coworkers are strengthened over lunchtime. Make a point to join whoever is eating lunch together from day one so you can start to make office friends! Not to mention, we all need a break from our computers for a few minutes a day and lunch is the perfect excuse.
Personalize your desk.
This may seem like an odd thing to do during your first week, but I’ve found it’s a great conversation starter. You don’t need to go over the top, but maybe a picture frame, a few customized notebooks, or fun pencils. Anything that adds a bit of your personality to your new space so that others can see you have arrived and you are there to stay! I work in a startup environment, so funny bright office supplies were the perfect fit (and resulted in a lot of compliments). Shout out to my sister who has supplied me with all the goodies to make my desk shine :)
Dress to impress.
I have always been a more formal dresser. As the overused saying goes, “it’s better to be overdressed than underdressed”. Being overdressed in my new office isn’t hard though since almost 50% of people arrive in workout clothes (welcome to the world of startups). Although it may seem nice to get to wear yoga pants all day long, don’t fall into the habit of dressing down too quickly. Make sure to look professional for your first few weeks so that your new coworkers see you are taking the new job seriously.
When you meet new people in the office, chances are they will all say, “let me know if you have any questions”. And you should do just that! Not only is it important to ask things during your first week so you get up to speed faster, it’s also a great way to start a conversation with your new coworkers. They will also feel special that you selected them to ask (win win)!
When was the last time you had a “first day of work”? Any tips or tricks you learned? Share below and help your fellow #girlboss-es :)