Starting a new job can come with a lot of stress and uncertainty, but there are some tried-and-true ways to make an excellent first impression. From researching the company to showing up early, here are some things you should do when starting a new job.
Do Your Research
You’ve likely gotten some information about your new company during interviews and in the job offer, but take some time before your start date to do even more research. Check their website and social media accounts to get a feel for the company’s atmosphere. Pro tip: any photographs can help you determine what to wear on your first day.
You can also look up your colleagues’ LinkedIn pages to learn more about your peers. Depending on your role, you may also want to test out any new software you know they use to get an idea of your day-to-day before going into the office.
Show Up Early
Your job description may tell you your schedule, but don’t assume that that’s the whole story. Many employees come in early to have breakfast together or exchange water-cooler talk before work. Showing up early ensures a professional, ready-to-work attitude, and it allows you to interact with your new coworkers before the workday begins.
Roll Over Your 401(k)
To plan for a better future, you should first look at your past. If you have a 401(k) from your previous job, don’t cash out—you’ll face steep taxes and penalties. Instead, consider moving your 401(k) funds into a new plan. Self-directed IRAs offer tons of possibilities (more than regular IRAs), including investments in real estate and privately held companies.
Now that you know a few things you should do when starting a new job, you’re well on your way to conquering your first days at the new company. Stay friendly and focused, and you’ll be a familiar face in no time!