So, you just got a new job, congratulations! We are sure that there are a million thoughts going through your head, “Is this the right fit for me? Will my coworkers like me? Can I learn enough about my job at the right pace?” These thoughts can pile on top of each other and create a lot of unnecessary doubt. TPI Staffing Service is here to give you some tips on how to get acclimated to your new job, and in the right way! Here are 5 tips to help you when starting a new job.
There is usually a lot of information to take in in the first couple of days, but you must take things one step at a time. Start by learning where everything is, like your office, kitchen, supplies, copiers, etc. Then go out of your way to learn the names of your co-workers; when they tell you their name, repeat it back to them to help you remember. Your co-workers and supervisors will like that you are making that effort to know them and your place of work.
You absolutely can not be afraid to ask questions when starting at a new company. There are no bad, or wrong questions. Lack of curiosity may make your employers think that you do not care enough to ensure that you are doing the right thing. Better to ask now, while you are a newbie, than down the line when they expect you to know.
When a supervisor or coworker tells you how to do something, or shares any pertinent information, make eye contact, and listen to your best capabilities, you can even take notes if that helps you. Listening implies that you are trying your best to learn the ropes.
This isn’t something that you have to do on your very first day; however, when you’re starting a new job you should have the mindset that you’re going to go in there and make it better than you found it. Make long-term and short-term goals. You can start with something small like, “make one new sale,” and then go big like, “increase production by 30% by the end of the year”. You can make it fun by writing it on a white board in your office or designing a list to pin to your wall.
Just Be You
Always remember that, unless you over-sold yourself, the company hired you because, based on your resume and interview, you have the skill set and likeability that they were looking for in a new employee. Bring to the table exactly what you advertised, and you will be sure to meet the expectations that they set for you!
A new job can be stressful, but it could be the first step to the rest of your career. Do not let self-doubt distract you from your true potential. You worked hard to get this job and you deserve to enjoy it and embrace the change that comes with it in a way that makes you happy!