The Dos and Don’ts of Adjusting to A New Job
Starting a new job can be intimidating and filled with uncertainty. There’s always an adjustment period when you’re learning the ropes at a new job, and getting to know — well, everything!
Try these tips to help ease into your new position.
Before You Start
- Do mentally prepare before your first day at a new job. If you can, take a mini-break between jobs to reboot – especially if your previous job was mentally draining
- Don’t hold on to negative mental baggage from your last workplace. You’ve moved on.
- Do brush up on your new workplace. Take a look at press releases, stock information, and their online presence for important updates and new launches so you can hit the ground running on day one.
- Don’t be afraid to reach out to your future supervisor before starting the job to ask for any helpful resources, or to answer any questions you may have.
Your First Day
- Don’t be late.
- Do make a positive first impression. Make sure your outfit is professional and tidy.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Asking questions is better than suffering in silence.
- Do make an effort to be friendly, and memorize names. Here are some tips to help.
- Don’t engage in office gossip or drama.
- Do remember why you’re there. You were selected from hundreds of candidates, and dozens of interviews. You’re there for a reason.
- Don’t be intimidated by your surroundings. Remember: everyone was new once.
Your Fist 30- to 90-days
- Do set some professional goals. Learn why setting goals is so important in your career.
- Do ask for feedback on your performance early. Sounds intimidating, but realize – the sooner you hear feedback, the sooner you can course-correct if need be.
- Do adopt the company culture: accept lunch invitations, reach out to new coworkers, be present and participate.