12 Must Do Items When You Start a New Job

It’s been a stressful month as you all know but I do have news! I have switched jobs and am now working as an HR Manager at a new job. Although I have changed in jobs and industries, a lot of the past HR knowledge that I’ve brought with me still applies. Thank you for all of your support, without my loyal readers, I wouldn’t be gaining all this additional knowledge.

So what should you do when starting a new job?

  1. Bring all your forms and official paperwork your first day including any documentation establishing your identity. Or a voided check to start your direct deposit.
  2. E-mail your HR person or your manager with any questions about your first day. There may be some new paperwork.
  3. Read your Employee Handbook! (Yes, I know it’s a billion pages, but trust me, handbooks are written for a reason.) The handbook will have all the rules including behavior, codes of conduct, dress code, leave (including bereavement, disability, and pregnancy leave).
  4. Do the commute, and figure how much time it takes to get there. It would be the worst impression to be late your first day.
  5. In addition to number 4, start creating a sleep schedule that matches your new job especially if you have to commute further.
  6. During the first 2 weeks, of any job, the best thing any employee can do is learn as much about the business as possible. Learn how the industry works, learn how different processes work, and learn who does what. Luckily, it’s the first 2 weeks, so any questions that you ask can be attributed to your learning process.
  7. Bring a notebook with you and meet with different people within your organization. Take notes so that you remember names and any advice they may have.
  8. Don’t worry if you don’t know the answer to something and don’t pretend you do. Instead ‘fess up that you don’t know and say you’ll find out.
  9. Practice power moves before any major meeting or any meeting. According to social psychology Amy Cuddy, posture can make a huge difference in how you feel in terms of confidence.
  10. Start putting processes in place to organize everything. If there’s a process in place for how to organize your e-mail, for example, then later on when you take on more tasks, you’ll naturally be more efficient. Create rules for where mail should automatically go. Set up signatures in Outlook of repeat e-mails you send.
  11. Disclose any pre-planned family vacations, especially if you haven’t done so already.
  12. Relax! Be yourself, your new employers saw something they liked about you in the interview and if you pretend to be something you’re not the first week, it will be harder to pretend as time goes on.

So, there are my tips to be highly successful at any new job. Good luck everyone!

But, again, what do I know? I’m…

~Just the HR Girl

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