navigating your first week of your new job

You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression – what you wear, how you communicate and how you hold yourself says a lot about who you are. Studies show that people make eleven decisions about us in the first seven seconds of meeting us, including impressions of your education, trustworthiness, competence, level of success and professionalism. Your first week on the job is going to be critical to making the right the impression. 

The HR Partners team are with you every step of the way and always available should you need support during your first week. Here’s a collection of our team’s top tips on getting that first week right. 

  • Introducing yourself: Get to know people and build relationships across the broader business, not just your team. This is all part of building your personal brand internally.
  • What does success look like in your role? Map this out with your leader and set clear direction and goals that work towards this.
  • Ask lots of meaningful questions: Be a sponge, take notes and absorb as much information as you can.
  • Don’t take lunch: This allows you to see what the team normally does and gives you an opportunity to go out, get fresh air and explore the area. 
  • Set up good habits from day one: learn processes and systems the correct way. This will help ensure that you're as efficient as possible. However, don't forget to try and relax, build some informal connections and share a joke and a light hearted moment if available.
  • Get to know your surroundings: You're in a new environment so get to know and test things like the fastest transport route to work, lunch spots, coffee spots. Better yet - invite a colleague to get a coffee! 

Successfully completing your first week of work can set the tone for a positive and productive experience in your new job. Congratulations and good luck with your new role! What an exciting time! 


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