Monday, August 2, 2010

Tips for Starting a New Job

Starting a new job is exciting. During your first few weeks, your manager will likely be looking for signs to validate that he/she made the right hiring decision. Likewise, your new co-workers will be sizing up and forming opinions about your work habits and knowledge. The following tips can help you get started on the right foot:

  • Prepare: Read up on company information that you may not be familiar—mission statement, objectives, marketing materials, financial reports, recent press releases, etc. Also, promptly read through any company benefits information you may be provided.
  • Get a fresh start: Start your new job well rested and with enthusiasm. Leave any bad work habits or attitudes behind. If relevant and possible, take a week or two off between jobs.
  • Know your manager’s expectations: Meet with your manager within the first week to discuss expectations—confirming what you may have discussed during the interview process or discussing expectations in detail for the first time. Schedule ongoing status meetings; these may be more frequent at first, as you’re getting up to speed.
  • Show an interest in your coworkers: Be friendly, introduce yourself, and occasionally initiate small talk with your co-workers. Stay clear of hot topics like politics and company gossip.
  • Ask for and be willing to help: Ask for help. It is normal to have several questions when you’re first starting out, and you’ll find most people are willing to help. Write down answers you might need to reference again so you don’t ask people to repeat themselves. Also, lend a hand where you can be of assistance.
  • Open your mind and attitude: Be open to a new way of thinking and doing things. Suggest ideas, but refrain from comparing everything to the way it was done at your previous employer.

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