By Jim Wong, CPA | May 28, 2013

Your financial staffing agency found your ‘dream’ job, you made it through the interview with flying colors, made a lasting impression, and landed the job. Congrats! But guess what? You’re not done yet.

Up next is the first day at your new job. Starting a new job can be nerve-wracking. It’s exciting to meet new people and take the next step in life. However there are new processes and procedures to master, and you need to get familiar with the work environment and company policies.

Jacquelyn Smith, staff writer at Forbes, offers seven tips for young professionals starting a new career, but these tips will resonate for anyone who has found a new job.

Dress for Success
You want to make a good first impression — after all they can be lasting — so dress for the job you’ve landed. “Professional” attire doesn’t always mean you need to wear a suit; it depends on the company and industry. If you aren’t sure, simply ask what the dress code is, and what employees typically wear. “If you’re dressed to impress, you probably will,” says Smith.

Try to Relax
It’s easier said than done. You may be nervous your first day or even week, but Smith suggests, “Be aware of your nervous habits and try to control them.” For example, if you bite your nails when you’re nervous, make a point to stop.

Exude Confidence
There’s a reason you landed the job: You were the best candidate. “Don’t be narcissistic, but show your colleagues that you deserve to be there,” says Smith. She also suggests you speak up, share your thoughts, and believe in your ability to succeed.

Be a Great Communicator
Ask questions, share your opinion, make suggestions, and always be in touch with your team. Not asking enough questions is a mistake many new hires make, so when in doubt, seek clarification.

Challenge Yourself
Smith suggests you set goals for yourself. She says, “Once you’ve had the opportunity to become acquainted with your new workplace, evaluated the work environment, observed your fellow employees, and surveyed the office protocol, work flow and discourse.“

Confirm you can bring something new to the table, and don’t hesitate to share your ideas or suggestions.

New jobs can be exciting, but they also come with a number of challenges. Dive into your new job. Don’t wait to be assigned work.

“Getting through the first few days, weeks or months in a new job is tough, but remember to focus on what you want to get out of the experience,” says Smith.

Use your knowledge, career experience, and understanding of your industry to move ahead.

This article originally appeared on Clear Focus Financial Search.

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