5 Tips to Help you Adjust to a New Job

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5 Tips to Help you Adjust to a New JobStarting a new job can be both exciting and daunting at the same time. Exciting because it’s the start of a new journey - with a new career, new work environment, new colleagues. Daunting because it entails a lot of adjustments to the company culture. You’ll have to get caught up with the rest of your team so there’s going to be information overload. You’ll also have to learn how to adjust with your co-workers and do your best to fit into the culture of your new workplace.

To say that this phase in one’s career journey is tough would be an understatement. But there are several ways on how you can make the transition easy.

Prepare for your first day
The last thing you want is to step into your new office on a first day unprepared. Consider this day as a special day. If you want this day to be as smooth sailing as possible, be sure to take time to  get ready. Be ready for the things and tasks you’ll have to do. If it requires some research, go ahead and do a bit of research. Do your errands ahead. Get your clothing ready, too. Be mentally prepared by having a clear head before the first day. The clearer your thoughts, the easier it would be for you to focus on your job.

Arrive early
Your first day at your new job is a good time to establish a good impression. Arrive slightly early so that you still have time to find your way in. Find out who you will have to look for and where to proceed.

Get to know your colleagues
One of the best ways to make the transition to your new job easy is by getting to know the people you’ll be working with. Be nice and courteous with the people around you. Introduce yourself and try your best to remember as many names as possible. Take time to find out what their roles are so that you know who to ask when you’re stuck with something.

Also, when things start to become more comfortable, try to invite some people out for lunch or snacks after work. This will help you make friends which will make your new workplace a happier work environment.

Set up your work area
Keeping your stuff organized and your desk clean is an excellent way to start off at your new job. It can help you stay focused as you learn about your new role and tasks. Organize it according to your work style so that it’s easier to move around and reach out for things you constantly need and use. Adjust your work chair and get rid of the clutter.

Learn as much as you can about your new job
While you’re not expected to master your new role or job on your first days or weeks, it’s still imperative to do your best to learn as much as you can about it. If you’re given a certain period of time to be trained, make the most of this time to learn. Ask questions and take down notes. Listen carefully and don’t hesitate to clarify things in your own words.

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Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 40,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.