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5 things you MUST do on the first week of your job

Last updated on: January 16, 2012 10:37 IST

5 things you MUST do on the first week of your job

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Priyanka Mehra

Is it your first week at work? Here's what you must do to ensure that you leave the right impression. Illustrations by Uttam Ghosh

Think of a fresh white shirt, butterflies in your stomach, a lot of nervous energy, resolve to prove yourself, and dreams of making it big in the corporate world.

Your first job may seem daunting when you are lounging at home, wearing your favourite torn jeans and chilling with friends.

The evolution from the university campus to the corporate conference room can be one of the most challenging transitions, if one does not go in well prepared.

Here are some basics that everyone should be aware of when starting a new job.

Courtesy: YouthIncMag.com




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1. Smile!

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It is not only the technical and knowledge-based skills but the underlying behavioural and soft skills that play important roles in determining your success at any organisation.

Remember that you are being keenly observed by everyone from the CEO to the office boy, so keep a smile on your face and the positive attitude of a team player to begin with.



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2. Be helpful

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Expect a lot of unexciting tasks: these could range from filing papers, to creating database files to making phone calls.

Hang in there, everyone from an MBA to a college graduate has to go through this.

Give ideas and suggestions but don't overstep the mark.

Don't share your opinion on the budgets and business strategy of the company in your first week at work unless you are invited to do so.

Be friendly and participate in all team-building activities. Your enthusiasm is bound to be appreciated.



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3. Learn

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Be ready to absorb every bit of information like a sponge.

Keenly observe the behaviour of those around and the dynamics within the organisation.

You will be surprised by what you can learn within the first few days from just observing and listening to people around you.

This information will help you in handling people effective without getting yourself entrenched in office politics.

Do not wait around for instructions, now is the time to display that proactive approach mentioned in your resume.

Take the initiative by asking questions and make points of the information given to you to save yourself from asking the same question again.

Use your spare time to get familiar with protocols and procedures, and understanding the hierarchy of the organisation memorising, names of colleagues and their roles.



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4. Show your appreciation

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Remember to thank and show your appreciation to everyone who helps you.

The importance of the general staff is often undermined, while the truth is quite contrary; these are the people who will help you the most in your hour of need.

It is extremely important to be polite and establish a rapport with them.



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5. Acknowledge your limits

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If you do not know something you are asked by a client during your initial days, there is absolutely no harm in saying,

"Please let me check this and get back to you."

Ensure that you do get back as promised. Your honesty will be appreciated as opposed to giving incorrect information and getting yourself into trouble sooner or later!

Remember to be honest, open, and ready to learn and you will conquer this new domain with flying colours. Good luck!



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