Video:What to Do When You Start a New Jobwith Dawn Rosenberg McKay
There are a few tips you should consider when you start a new job. Here, see information about things you should do when you start a new job.See Transcript
Transcript:What to Do When You Start a New JobYou won them over in the interview, and it's now time to start that new job. Being the newbie on the block (of cubicles) can be a bit nerve-wracking. But, it doesn't have to be if you know what to do, how to act, and what is considered bad form. Here's your cheat sheet.
Tips for What to Do When You Start a New JobWhen you arrive at your new job, be sure to walk in with a smile and make eye contact with everyone you meet along the way. Being polite and friendly – with the receptionist and secretaries to colleagues and management -- creates a great first impression – and, as we all know – a lot of what happens in the future is based on that first impression. It's best to start out on the right foot with the entire office as you never know who will be your ally or the contact that can help you climb the career ladder. And remember, it's not necessarily those that have the corner offices.
Additional Tips for What to Do When You Start a New JobWhen you meet and greet, be sure to ask questions and get to know as much as you can about everyone you will be working with and around. It will make your colleagues feel good that you are asking for assistance rather than coming in as the "know-it-all." Just be sure not to ask too many questions, to the point of annoying everyone around you.Along these lines, don't talk about your old company and how they did things. While there is nothing wrong with filing away what you learned in previous jobs in your mental library, every company has its own culture, approaches to work, and strategies for getting the job done.
When You Start a New JobAlso, don't come into your new job with the idea that you are going to change everything as if you have something to prove. You know the type—they muscle in and throw their weight around because they want others to perceive them as the leader or in charge. That's an easy way to quickly become alienated and uninvited to the office party. In addition to asking questions about work-related tasks and processes, be sure to also take the time to ask questions that help you get to know your work mates without getting too personal. Be observant of the way others interact, so you can pinpoint working relationships, power bases, the office gossips and the drama-starters. This will help you know where and how to engage with others to get help or get the job done without getting sucked into office politics.
Lastly, stay positive, friendly, and proactive about work. Avoid any type of public complaining, aka, whining. Be sure to temper those actions and behaviors, though, so as to not be perceived as trying to impress or become the boss's favorite. It may take time to fit in and find your comfort zone, so be patient and persistent, and most of all, have fun.
I'm Jonathon Stewart, with About.com.
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