Are you about to start a new job? Are you getting the new job jitters? Even though it’s really exciting to be beginning a new phase of your career, it can also be stressful and a little scary to start a new job.
Start your planning by making a “to do” list. What do you need to get done before you start work? Take care of any appointments you need to schedule ahead of time. That way you won’t need to be asking for time off right away. Of course, everyone’s job is different, but taking the time to learn as much as you can from everyone you meet at work is excellent advice.
There are other things you can do, as well, to make your first days and weeks on the job a positive, exciting and fun experience.
Here are eight suggestions for what you can do, and what you shouldn’t do, that will help you ensure a smooth transition to your new position.
Get the facts
It’s absolutely fine to ask questions ahead of time. Depending on your organization, you can ask the Human Resources representative or your supervisor any questions. If you’re not sure who to ask, check with the person who offered you the job. Find out about your work schedule, the hours per week you are expected to work, salary, benefits and any information you need to successfully come on board.
Figure out what to wear
What you wore to the job interview, may not be what you will wear on the job. If you haven’t been given a dress code, ask what the appropriate attire is for your workplace. Have a few work outfits ready so you don’t have to scramble finding clothes to wear.
Do arrive a little early
One easy way to help minimize the stress of starting a new position is to do a trial run before you start the job. Figure out your transportation and where you’re going. Make the trip a few days ahead of time to see how long it takes, giving yourself a cushion for traffic or other delays. Then give yourself a little extra time so you can arrive at work a few minutes early on your
Ask for feedback
Feedback is especially useful when you’re starting a job. Ask your supervisor how you’re doing, ask if he or she can give you any advice, and ask for suggestions on what you can improve upon.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help and advice
There is no such thing as a stupid question when you’re starting a job. Your employer would prefer that you ask. That’s easier than having to fix a mistake. You won’t be expected to know everything, and it’s better to ask for help than to guess.
Don’t presume you know anything
Being humble is worth a lot when you’re starting a new job. Nobody likes a know it all, especially someone who doesn’t really know anything about the job or the organization. As I mentioned, take the time to listen and learn before you start giving advice.
Don’t stress too much
Think of your new job as the next exciting step in your career path. Don’t expect to learn everything at once. It’s all new to you, and it will take time. If you feel yourself getting stressed, take a deep breath, collect yourself, and remember that you aren’t expected to get it all at once. Even though you’re bringing a wealth of skills and experience to the organization, it will still take a little time for it to all fall into place.
Don’t expect to learn everything at once
It’s all new to you, and it will take time. If you feel yourself getting stressed, take a deep breath, collect yourself, and remember that you aren’t expected to get it all at once. Even though you’re bringing a wealth of skills and experience to the organization, it will still take a little time for it to all fall into place.