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You Got a New Job! Now What?

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Hooray! You start your new job tomorrow. Now all you have to do is show up and impress them, right? Not so fast…You got hired for a reason, and the previous employee was let go for a reason.

It’s probably safe to assume that not everyone who works there will be happy to see you walk through the door, especially if they were friends with the previous employee.

The following tips will help you prepare for starting a new job. No matter what type of new job you’ve landed, be it full-time or freelance, there are always things you can (and should) do on the first day on the job.

It's Awkward! Use It to Your Advantage

Your first few days at a new job are probably awkward. It's awkward to meet new people and to have a whole bunch of new tasks to learn. As a result, most people are shy at their first job. It is even more awkward if the new job involves being around other people you don't know very well.

In this situation, you have an opportunity to get to know your coworkers in a way they won't expect from someone who keeps mostly to himself. You will have the chance to see what kinds of things they are interested in and how they react in different situations. You'll discover what kinds of jokes work for them and what kinds don't. And if you can get up the nerve to do it, you'll get to see what kinds of life stories they are willing to tell.

Be Authentic

The first day of work is not just time to get work done. This is also an opportunity to start building good relationships with your coworkers.

Authenticity is very important. Be yourself, and let them get to know you. If you're enthusiastic and energetic, go for it, but maybe don't push yourself too hard. There's nothing wrong with being enthusiastic and energetic at work, just don't do it all the time or at the wrong time or in the wrong way.

Another reason is that people are watching you all the time. The moment you take a job, you are part of an organization's culture. Everything you do becomes part of the collective memory, which becomes the collective understanding. If you are not being authentic on the first day, then everyone will know it was fake from the very beginning, and it will be hard to change that impression later.

Learn About Company Benefits and Perks

Your new job is an opportunity to improve your life. Learn about the company's benefits and perks on your first day at work; you might find something that will make your life easier or save you money.

For example, you might learn that the company has a commuter program that provides free or subsidized public transportation, which could save you lots of money in commuting costs. Or perhaps the company has its gym with great equipment; this perk could help make your life healthier. Maybe the company has a tuition reimbursement program; this benefit can help you get more education if you like.

During your interview, you should inquire about the benefits and perks. And don't forget to ask about them on your first day at work!

Learn Your Role and Responsibilities

One of the most important things you can do to have a great first day at work is to understand the roles and responsibilities of your new job. If you are a new employee, your first step is to ask as many questions as possible about what is expected of you.

You have to find out what the details of your role are. As much as possible, try to figure out how you will contribute to the company's success. It's not enough to just do the job, you have to know why you're there.

Don't Try to Be the Office Hero in the Beginning

When you start a new job, it is tempting to want to prove yourself useful right away. You want your boss to be so impressed with your work that she makes you the office hero. This is probably not the best strategy.

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You're just getting your feet wet. There's a lot you don't know yet and a lot of things you can't do yet. So instead of trying to solve every problem and fix every issue, focus on your strengths. Demonstrate those abilities so your boss and coworkers can see them and recognize them.

Sure, it may be tempting to fix everything yourself as soon as you get into a new job or start a new project at work. It's also probably not the best move for your career. You'd be doing yourself more harm than good by trying to be the office hero in the beginning.

The first day in a new job can be filled with many emotions, from extreme happiness to disappointment. Your attitude is crucial to long-term success in your new role. As a result, you will have a more enjoyable, more productive workday.

Get to Know Your Co-Workers

Few things are as important as making friends with your co-workers. It is difficult to get along with people you don't know, especially when you have to spend so much time together.

So before your new job starts, find two or three people whose company you like and who seem like good people. Take time every week to talk to them, get their phone number, and find out about their lives.

If you work on a team, make sure to get to know anyone who seems interesting. If it turns out that he is a good person for you to talk to, he will be one of the few sources of information or advice that are reliable and will help you in the future.

Ask Questions to Find Out What's Going on in the Office

You don't know the people, the office culture, the procedures. Also, you're new, so you're probably making mistakes.

The first thing you need to do is find out what's going on in the office. It's important to understand what's going on so that you can learn to do your job well.

Find out what people are doing. If you don't know, ask. But you should not ask stupid questions. If the answers are short, that means they're defensive, not informative. That means it's usually better not to ask them at all unless someone specifically invites you to ask questions.

You just need to be curious enough to ask. If you put in enough effort, eventually someone will tell you something useful for your career.

Don't Assume Everyone Knows Exactly What You've Done in the Past

When you start a new job, you may be tempted to assume that your coworkers know everything about you. However, not all of your coworkers know.

They've probably read your resume and LinkedIn profile, and if they ask about your accomplishments, no problem. If not, you should think about how to explain it well to your coworkers.

In many cases, new employees say, "At my previous job, I did this and that," and make a list of all their past accomplishments. By doing this, you will instantly turn off many people you are talking to. People will see you as arrogant.

When you're first starting a new job, it's always a good idea to be humble; don't try to tell people you're great before you've had a chance to introduce yourself to them. Take this as a challenge and a chance to prove your abilities in a new position and to begin a new chapter in your career.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2021 Tantowi Gilang

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