Congratulations on securing your dream job! Your hard work and dedication paid off.
Now comes the challenging part. You must show your employer they made the right decision when they hired you.
Most employers can tell within a few weeks whether a new hire will be successful in their organization. This means you must pay close attention to what you learn each day to maximize your performance.
Follow these guidelines to make a positive impression during the first week of your dream job.
Meet with your manager to determine what is expected of you. Once you have a clear understanding, you can begin working toward your objectives.
Find out what a successful first month and first 6 months look like. Asking questions to uncover the details helps you perform at the level your manager wants.
Understand that you need time to work toward reaching these expectations. Be sure to learn from your mistakes and do better going forward.
Listen and Observe
Pay attention to the things that go on around you. You need to develop an understanding of what is happening, who your main partners are, and how you can add value to the organization.
Take the time to establish a foundation in your role. Then, you can start making changes and impacting the organization.
Learn the Company Culture
Focus on how your colleagues and coworkers interact and have fun. This shows what the company culture is like.
Paying attention to the signals around you helps you blend with the culture. This includes the typical work hours, how long lunch is, and how employees communicate throughout the workday.
Use your available resources to learn more information about things. If you are unable to find what you are looking for, talk with a colleague or coworker for the answer.
Asking questions shows your ongoing interest in learning. It also demonstrates engagement in your work.
Monitor Your Work Hours
Continuously being the first to arrive at the office and the last to leave does not increase your value to the company. Instead, it can lead to overworking, increased stress, and poor performance. Other results may include job dissatisfaction and burnout.
Instead, prioritize work-life balance. This includes watching the range of times when your colleagues end their workday. You should leave sometime around the midpoint. This shows you will not always work late during your time with the company.