Date: April 10, 2014

When the interview process is over and you finally received the good news that you’ve landed a new job, it can be natural to breathe a sigh of relief. The hard work, you tell yourself, has paid off and you’ve finally made it.

While it’s certainly true that successfully changing jobs in today’s economic climate is an accomplishment in and of itself, the fact remains that your first few days are likely to be just as stressful as the job seeking process.

In a recent U.S. News & World Report blog post, career expert and author Hannah Morgan explains that there are a number of things to keep in mind when starting a new job, particularly during the first few days.

Observe your surroundings and make mental notes
Odds are, your first day will involve meeting an entire new group of co-workers and adjusting to a totally new office environment than you’re used to, even if your position is in a similar field. Because of this, be sure to listen to your new co-workers, figure out how they behave in the office setting and consider who might become your closest associates in the office, Morgan advises.

At the same time, you need to be open to trying new things and potentially working on projects that you have little experience with. Building foundational relationships with the people you’ll be working with can make this process much easier.

Keep up with networking
In the first week at your new job, it can be tempting to relax when it comes to networking, as you’ve likely spent a significant amount of time doing this in the past few months. However, it’s extremely important to thank those in your network who may have helped you and to update your status, Morgan notes. Also be sure to demonstrate that you care about the relationships you’ve built by continuing to hold conversations with your contacts.

While it’s critical to remember who helped you land your position, Forbes reports that you need to focus heavily on creating a strong first impression. This means arriving early, being personal with your co-workers and willingly accepting any responsibilities you are handed. Doing this shows the company that it made the right decision to hire you, and will put to rest any uneasy feelings your manager might have from the get-go.