Your first month on the job may be among the toughest time periods you experience in your lifetime. Considering the potential importance of landing a long-term career that provides financial stability, occupational enjoyment, and a general sense of fulfillment, there can be a notable amount of pressure to succeed, and thus the possibility for a noteworthy level of stress along with it.
Many people have not been able to handle the critical initial period on the job, and had to leave the position, often for the best. Others may encounter a freakish streak of bad luck and be let go within the first 30 days due to circumstances beyond their control, an unfortunately costly accident, an unexpectedly quick lay-off, or other hostile workplace element.
To succeed in your first month on the job will require more than just the simple collection of assets you bring to the company. After all, it was this combination of education, experience, and charm that landed you the gig to begin with; to stay is another story, and will require a new set of skills than the interview demanded. There are, though, a few helpful hints to keep in mind during this integral time.
Thinking positively may not provide the supernatural, mystical, self-improvement results that so many would lead us to believe, but there is still definitely some undeniable merit for the idea of sticking to happy thoughts over negative ones. After all, the result is sometimes as simple as meeting expectations: If you think things will go terribly, then you have already set yourself on the path to meet that vision, whereas believing that the situation will turn out well provides a means to motivate to make that dream a reality. Also, keeping the stress of learning the ropes balanced with good thinking is essential for maintaining a sharp mental acuity through the process, a sharpness that will only help the first month go better.
Right away, you should be making friends. No, they do not need to be your best buddies outside of work, but it is remarkably important to ensure that you are forming helpful business relationships as soon as possible. Your co-workers will be the people to bail you out of tough jams, teamwork alongside you in difficult projects, have your back covered when things get dicey, and sometimes just be a listening ear when you need it, or let you have first dibs at the brownies they stashed in the break room. Whether you work closely with your peers or not, it will still be a crucial assistance in your first month on the job to build bridges rather than burn them.
Often, especially with certain personality types but potentially affecting anyone, a newcomer to an organization will feel intimidated by the corporate culture already in place. The “pecking order,” whether obvious or subtle, can serve to make rookies feel excluded, fearful, anxious, and hesitant. In reality, those working parallel to you actually may be harboring their own unease about you; this may sound like a bad thing, but when it means is that, more often than not in an office environment, they would love to at least get a first impression. This becomes your opportunity to impress and befriend, which will reap later rewards. Co-workers aside, what may be even more key is to communicate with your supervisor. Are you enjoying your new position? Is it more stressful than you expected? Are you able to cope with all your tasks in the time provided with your given resources? Your supervisor is there to hear your concerns, your comments, and your compliments, and offer valuable feedback in return.
The first month on the job is different for everyone, considering the countless specific situations that exist, all with unique human beings and sets of human beings in differing types of workplaces performing varied functions in a wide assortment of settings. This should be seen as a great angle, though, since it means that all those people also had to start in the same place themselves at one point. If they can do it, then what is stopping you from being successful, too?