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. 
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