7 Tips when You Start a New Job ...

By Alison

7 Tips when You Start a New Job ...

Do you need some tips for a new job? If you're lucky enough to have found a job, well done! That's not easy in the current climate, so be proud of yourself. Or perhaps you're changing careers. Either way, it's not easy being the new employee, and it can in fact be a very daunting prospect. So follow these tips for a new job and make a positive impression in your new workplace …

1 Do Your Research

The first of my tips for a new job is to do your research and learn as much as possible about your new workplace. Even at the interview stage, you should find out what you can, so that it gives the impression you really want to work there. Obviously you can't learn everything beforehand - you'll find out more as you go along - but it's useful to be prepared as much as possible.

2 Be Friendly

It's nice if your new co-workers make you feel welcome, but don't leave it to them to make all the effort. Shyness can make us reluctant to make the first move, and therefore seem aloof. Instead, be friendly and sociable. Smile and chat with people when you get the chance. It'll help you settle in if you get to know people, and your new job won't seem quite so daunting.

3 Ask for Help

It takes a while to learn the ropes in a new job; you can't possibly know everything before you've even started. Even if you've done a similar job before, your new workplace may have a different way of working. So don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it. People won't mind giving you tips, as long as you're not expecting too much from them.

4 Make a Good Impression

Make a good impression upon your bosses and co-workers from the beginning. Punctuality is very important, especially in a new employee. Check how long the journey to work should last ( a dry run can be useful), and allow time for any delays in traffic. Also have a smart appearance; make sure your shoes are clean, nails are tidy, and don't overdo your makeup.

5 Listen

Even if you think you know how to do your new job, listen to what your co-workers say. They've worked there for longer and know a lot about how the job should be done. Showing that you are prepared to listen will give a positive impression.

6 If in Doubt, Check

Many an eager new employee has made mistakes by trying to show how keen they are. By rushing into the task, they miss something or go about it the wrong way. Or they don't want to admit that they're not sure. If you're in any doubt, check with co-workers or your boss what you should do. It's better to ask than to make mistakes.

7 Show Enthusiasm

Finally, show enthusiasm for your new job, without being so keen that you freak everybody out. Maybe it's not your dream job, but you owe it to the people who pay your wages to do the job well. Adopting a positive outlook can also make the transition easier, and help you look forward to going to work every day.

Most people feel a little nervous about starting a new job (or very nervous indeed!). Remember that everyone in your new workplace was in the same position once. You'll soon adjust to the different routine and ways of doing things. Did you make any dreadful mistakes in a new job, or quit on the first day?

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