/ Asked by David
I just accepted a job offer at an incredible company. What are some things I should do in my first week on the job? How should I prepare for my new position over the next couple weeks before I start?
Answered by Kate, Hiring Expert at ADP, on Thursday, August 11, 2016
Such a great mindset you have so early on in your career. Depending on the full-time job, I recommend reaching out to your manager and letting them know how excited you are and if there is anything you could be doing to prepare for the job before you start (example - strengthening your Excel skills). You could also study the company's webpage to ensure sure you have a better understanding of their core values, history, leadership team, business units and locations (those are just examples) - now that you have the job try to do a deeper dive than you did when you were preparing for the interview. You could also review individuals LinkedIn profiles within the company to see the diversity of individuals and career paths. Your first week on the job, observe, ask questions (and repeat their answer in your own words to verify you understand the answer to your question) and take notes. Smile, shake hands and stay positive. It takes on average 6 months to feel fully confident any role so if you feel overwhelmed the first week or first month, don't get worried - good luck! 
Answered by Lori, Hiring Expert at Cigna, on Thursday, August 11, 2016
First off, congratulations on your job offer! It's such an exciting time when you are getting ready to start a new role. The best thing you can do to feel prepared is to make a check list for yourself. You will want to make sure that you connect with the hiring manager to understand when you should arrive, who you should ask for, and anything he/she recommends you be prepared with. You probably already know the dress code if you've interviewed there, but you may want to reconfirm that as well, so that you don't run into any embarrassing surprises on your first day. You will also want to familiarize yourself with any recent news about the company so you can feel comfortable if anyone brings it up to you on your first week. By knowing as much as you can about the history through current status of the company, you will feel confident speaking to anyone at any level. With regard to speaking with new colleagues, be positive and ask questions. Don't come in pretending that you already know everything; the expectation when you are new is that you need to learn how things are done. Smile and take notes on processes and people so that you can review them to gain a comfort level with everything and everyone. Finally, be patient with yourself. It takes time to get up to speed in a new role and as long as you are asking questions and putting forth a strong effort, I'm sure your manager will be pleased. Good luck!
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, August 12, 2016
Congratulations!  Hopefully, the company will have a robust onboarding plan for you that will help to drive this process.  If not, there are a few things that I recommend you do to set yourself up for success in your new role.  First are the obvious things - learning everything you can about the company, your department, and your specific role.  You will likely have a formalized training plan, but you can go beyond this by scouring internal and external web sites, standard work documentation, and other materials which document your work and what your department does.
Second, spend a great deal of time getting to know your colleagues and leaders.  Introduce yourself to all of your peers and spend a few minutes learning about what they do and how it may tie into your role.  Don't take too much of their time as they are surely busy, but do show your appreciation for the time they give you.  Also, set up formal time to meet with your leaders.  I am sure your direct supervisor will already be spending time with you, but also try to set up time with those 2-3 levels above your boss.  Be sure to let your boss know that you are doing this.
In addition, try to get involved in internal employee groups, sometimes referred to as employee resources groups.  These are groups of employees with something in common such as young professionals or mid-career hires, etc.  This will help you to learn from others and build your network.  Lastly, seek out a mentor at your new company.  Many companies already have formalized mentoring programs and if so, participate in this program or work with one of your leaders to identify a mentor for you.
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Thursday, August 18, 2016
Congratulations on your new job! The first thing you should do is take time to celebrate, but I’m going to assume you’ve already got that covered and expand from there.

First, whatever you don’t know about the company, now would be the time to learn as much more as you can. Hopefully, you learned quite a bit about your job, the company and culture during the hiring process. By doing additional research in advance on company products, services, markets, etc., it can pay dividends in helping you acclimate - and be productive - faster. A win-win for you and your new employer!

Once you’re onboard, a great place to start is networking with as many of your new peers, managers and mentors you can, and understanding how their work impacts you, and vice versa. Find out how you can be helpful to new teammates and your boss and listen for pain points they may have with current processes that now involve you (maybe you can fix them!).

Also, don’t be afraid to get engaged in employee organizations and any volunteer efforts you learn about. Don’t overcommit too fast, but do demonstrate just how excited you are to be part of the team!

Good luck with your new career!
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