Have a New Job? 4 Tips for Making Your Start A Success!
Do you have a new job? If so, do you feel a little bit nervous? If you do, you’re not alone. Everyone who starts a new job is a little trepidatious – after all, you don’t know anyone and you don’t know what exactly will be expected. So, what do you do? How can you ease your anxieties? How do you make the first couple of weeks in your new position great? Here are a couple tips to do just that:
1. Meet People and Connect
Becoming acquainted with as many people as you can will make your move into the new working environment less scary. But, it can be hard to meet new people when you’re new yourself. Instead of waiting for people to introduce themselves to you, take the initiative and introduce yourself to everyone who you run into. The more people you meet, the easier time you will have fitting into your new team. Also, if you find that your new team is social, try to join them even if you would rather be by yourself. Joining in is another way to demonstrate to your team that you want to fit in.
2. Ask Questions
As you work during the first couple of weeks, you may spin your wheels as you try to do everything alone. Rather than do that, ask questions! Friends and colleagues are happy to help! And, the more information that you learn from peers, the better you will be able to do your job later.
Now, if you find that you have too many questions, or you’re afraid that you will take too much time from a peer or colleague, write them down. That way, when you have your list, you can set up a time with your boss to review your questions and get to know him or her a little better as well.
3. Carry A Pen and Paper and Take Notes
When you ask your questions, take a pen/paper with you and take notes. Take notes on names, take notes on company rules, preferences, and procedures. All of this is great information about your new team and your new organization. And, although your memory is great, if you don’t take notes, you may forget something and then you would be forced to ask the same question again. And, you don’t want that! Taking notes will help you be an outstanding employee!
4. Take the Initiative
During your first couple of weeks, it may take a little while for you get your groove with new projects. However, if that happens, don’t let it get you down. Instead, take the initiative! As a part of introducing yourself to new people, also ask for new or additional projects. If you finish a project more quickly than expected, again, seek out a new project. Although taking on more work may seem counter-intuitive, it’s a great way to meet different parts of your new organization and, when you do a great job, it’s a great way to have different parts of the organization impressed with what you can do.
While this list is by no means complete, it’s a start – with just these few tips, you can make the start at your new job a great success!
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Are you in a new position now or are your starting in your dream job? Would you like some help in working through these tips within your new organization? If so, contact a Career Counselor with Lexacount Search’s Career Consulting Services. Or, if you are seeking a new finance/accounting position, contact a Search Consultant from Lexacount Search’s Finance Group. Or, if you are seeking a position as a lawyer or legal assistant, contact a Search Consultant from Lexacount Search’s Legal Group.