How to Have a Great First Week on the Job

By Dennis McCafferty
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    The day before you start, wake up when you will on the first day. Do a test run of your commute. On the way back, fill up the tank.

You knocked 'em dead during the interviews, but now it's your first week on a new job—a week that will set the tone for the rest of your time at a new company. The book The Job Search Checklist: Everything You Need to Know to Get Back to Work after a Layoff (Amacom/available in October) is focused on a specific audience: employees trying to rebound after a downsizing. But its on-point advice is easily transferable to a far broader professional audience. In one section, author Damian Birkel provides the following insightful guidelines for getting off to a great start during the first week with a new employer. The takeaways range from the routine (how to start the day) to the more valuable tips (knowing your company's business inside and out before your official start day). In adopting these strategies as part of your new employee routine, you'll let people know that you're a professional who should be taken seriously. Birkel is a certified career counselor and founder of the Professionals in Transition Support Group.

This article was originally published on 2013-08-29
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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