Don't panic! This is how you master the first week in your new job professionally

Done: The new job is wrapped up and you can hardly wait to get started. But then - just before the first day - your nerves flutter.

No problem. It's the same for all of us. To take away the excitement before the start and so that you can quickly and easily settle into your new company, here are seven things that you should consider in the first week:

Be punctual

Sorry, but that has to be the case: If you arrive late at the beginning, you don't make the best impression. Therefore try not to be late, at least in the beginning. If necessary, move your bed with an armada of alarm clocks. Find out in good time about your way to work and parking options. Then you are prepared for any eventuality.

Feel comfortable

Sure, you shouldn't show up in sweatpants on the first day at work (unless you're a personal trainer). In most cases you will have already noticed during your interview what the dress code is in your new company. Just try to be properly and professionally dressed. But still dress in such a way that you feel comfortable in your skin. Because: You look at people when they dress up.

Ask a question

The old saying "There are no stupid questions" is true. And what's more: Your questions show that you are interested. So be curious about your new work area.

Be open and approachable

Everyone knows the problem with name memory. So don't be frustrated if you can't remember your name straight away and your head is buzzing with all the new faces. Be open and smile - that's more than half the battle. Because: the first impression counts!

Make contacts

Most jobs are teamwork. Therefore nobody should try to mimic the lone warrior. Try to make contacts and make friends in the first few weeks. That is networking in your own team - and that is immensely important.

quality not quantity

Do not overtax yourself directly. Don't try to do as much from the start as colleagues who have been with the company for years. At least in terms of the amount. As far as quality is concerned, however, you should set a brand and show what you can do.

Unplug the frame

Instead of hopelessly offering your help everywhere, you should have a conversation with your manager about what exactly your area of responsibility is and what is expected of you. And when you're sitting together: Make an appointment for a first feedback conversation. Then you are on the safe side.

And finally: to breathe. Everything will be fine. We wish you the best of luck in getting started!