Starting a new job is always intimidating, you're in a new environment, you're meeting new people, and you usually have no idea what you've gotten yourself into with the amount of work/things you're going to be doing. It's easy to get discouraged when you're the new guy/girl, but keep in mind, everyone starts somewhere and everyone has been that new guy/girl at some point in their life.
I just started a new job in my field, almost a month ago so I thought a blog post on tips and tricks of the work place was very fitting. Here are some of my most useful tips that I have learned when gaining a new job:
1) Be early
THIS IS ALWAYS YOUR FIRST IMPRESSION. Time is very precious in the work place. It's never a good impression to arrive late to work, because it ultimately shows you don't care about your employer’s time and you have better things to do than show up for work at the same time as everyone else. This can be highly offensive to employees and employers, like your boss, who have been working their butt off at this job for several years, clocking in late hours and arriving early. You should always be on time, and even more so EARLY.
2) Be friendly and optimistic
Yes we get it, sometimes our new job isn't the job we've wanted our whole lives, or maybe it's boring and uneventful, but don't bring that sassy unimpressed attitude into your new job. ... Not everyone loves there job but you can change the atmosphere of your work place by simply being a happy go lucky person, you'll make more friends and build relationships around the workplace. With that, I'm not telling you to change yourself, but I am asking you to be at least grateful and excited to have a job. Nobody wants to work with a negative Nancy, and if you persist with a negative attitude and at some point they have to let someone go, they won't be sad to send you’re complaining tush out the door.
Let me Segway a little story into this point, haha not to get too off topic. …
Once upon a time I got a position as a server at a notable restaurant. This restaurant was full or employees who had been there for 7-8 years, so a really long time. I was new and honestly, really excited to making some sort of income. My first day actually serving, I came in so happy, I was excited to serve, excited to be part of the team I WAS EXCITED OKAY. I was folding cutlery by the dishwasher pit when a server came up to me and told me how much she hated working here, that everyone quits, and it’s the worst place to work. She later came up to me, while I was serving and told me the managers don’t care about anyone but themselves, and that she “hates this place”. Honestly, this bummed me out, I know it wasn’t my number one job to have, but come on… I just started and you’re literally telling me I’m going to hate it. It ruined my mood, and I felt like I didn’t want to be there.
Moral of the Story: your attitude is contagious.
3) Ask Questions
I know it might be scary asking your new employer questions on the first day, especially when you want them to think you know what you’re doing but honestly you need to ask questions. This isn't school where you can guess what you’re doing and maybe have it explained to you later or get a bad mark, you can get fired for not doing a job right. Asking questions is the best way to learn, and the best way for an employer to know where you stand. Your employer will be thankful you asked for the help and did the job right rather than spending a week not knowing what you’re doing and wasting their time and money.
4) Remember Names
This might be a no-brainer but it is also something a lot of people kind of glide by. Remembering names is important to build relationships within the work place and it shows how attentive you can be. Also, there’s nothing more embaressing than having to call on someone or having to send someone an e-mail and then asking their name after they just introduced themselves.
5) Do your work on time and don't talk back
This is kind of a no -brainer. DO your work, if there is an assignment you have to finish by tomorrow, finish it by tomorrow! If you have to stay late at the office, stay late at the office. Don't complain, don't make a big deal, just do it. And on that second point, questions are different than talking back, if you legitimately want to know how to do something ask, but if your being sarcastic or complaining, don't talk back, that's just annoying and rude. Your boss can fire you and find someone new by tomorrow, just be grateful and appreciate every task because they're literally handing you experience on a silver platter.
6) Make sure all your work is done for the day before leaving
I know we all want to race out of the office when that clock hits 5:00 p.m, but this isn’t a race, your going to get home by the end of the day. Before leaving it is always important to ask your superior if everything has been done to their liking. Never clock out before checking in, it just looks unprofessional, you could leave with a bunch of work unfinished or you could leave with work done wrong.
7) Stay organized
Buy an agenda, have a notebook of all your To-Dos DO SOMETHING!!! It is so important to keep everything that you are doing organized, so deadlines are met, meetings are arranged, and you recognize if you are falling behind or need to let your boss know that you need more time
8) Enjoy it!
Last, but certainly not least, enjoy it! It’s a new job, this should be an exciting time in your life, you get to meet people in your field and experience new things. Sure, there may be times when it gets stressful and in the end it might not be what you expected, but for now, while you are in this job it’s important to not lose sight of what the bigger picture is: your gaining experience and you’re making money.
So those are my tips for starting a new job, I mean they are all pretty common sense, but you would be surprised how many people don’t do these things. A first impression is everything, so make sure that it is one that will be remembered, in the best way haha.
Lots of loveeee,