1. Get the facts.
It’s absolutely fine to ask questions ahead of time. Depending on your organization, you can ask the Human Resources representative or your supervisor any questions. If you’re not sure who to ask, check with the person who offered you the job. Find out about your work schedule, the hours per week you are expected to work, salary, benefits, and any information you need to successfully come on board.
2. Figure out what to wear.
What you wore to the job interview may not be what you will wear on the job. If you haven’t been given a dress code, ask what the appropriate attire is for your workplace. Have a few work outfits ready, so you don’t have to scramble finding clothes to wear.
3. Check on the company’s BYOD or BYOC policy.
Some employers have Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) or BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer) policies that include tablets, as well as computers. You may be expected to use your own laptop, or you may have the option to use it.
4. Check on the company’s social media policy.
Check out your new employer’s social media policy. Some companies don’t care about employee’s posting on Facebook, Twitter, or other social media sites during working hours. Others have policies that prohibit it. Find out what is acceptable before you start posting.
Take the time to vet your social pages. Some of your new co-workers or even your new boss might want to be your Facebook friend. Make sure what they can view is fit for public consumption.
5. Don’t presume you know anything.
Being humble is worth a lot when you’re starting a new job. Nobody likes a know it all, especially someone who doesn’t really know anything about the job or the organization. Take the time to listen and learn before you start giving advice.
6. Be nice.
Being nice goes a long way, too. People like nice people, and if you’re nice to everyone you’re going to get ahead. Remember that some of the people at the bottom of the pay scale know more about the inner workings of the company than those at the top. That’s why being nice to everyone you meet is important.
7. Do arrive a little early.
One easy way to help minimize the stress of starting a new position is to do a trial run before you start the job. Figure out your transportation and where you’re going. Make the trip a few days ahead of time to see how long it takes, giving yourself a cushion for traffic or other delays. Then give yourself a little extra time so you can arrive at work a few minutes early on your first day.
8. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and advice.
There is no such thing as a stupid question when you’re starting a job. Your employer would prefer that you ask. That’s easier than having to fix a mistake. You won’t be expected to know everything, and it’s better to ask for help than to guess.
9. Ask for feedback.
Feedback is especially useful when you’re starting a job. Ask your supervisor how you’re doing, ask if he or she can give you any advice, and ask for suggestions on what you can improve upon.
10. Build relationships.
Relationship building can be hard, especially if you’re the new kid on the block. It can be harder when you don’t have an outgoing personality, and meeting new people is a challenge. Do your best to be friendly and warm, and again, asking for advice is always a good way to break the ice.
11. Be flexible.
Give yourself some extra time to work at the job when you’re first starting it. Come in early or stay late, if necessary. Spending extra time up front can help your learning curve, and increase your comfort level with your new responsibilities.
12. Try not to stress too much.
Think of your new job as the next exciting step in your career path. Don’t expect to learn everything at once. It’s all new to you, and it will take time. If you feel yourself getting stressed, take a deep breath, collect yourself, and remember that you aren’t expected to get it all at once.