5 Tips for Starting a New Job

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Being the New Kid on the Block

Starting a new job can bring a flood of mixed emotions. While, on one hand, you are excited to be in a new place, doing new things and meeting new people, it may also bring on some anxious feelings, as well. I get it.

Take it from me, I just started working at Proforma last week, and it got me thinking about how I should be approaching this situation. So, here is my handful of ideas regarding this new and exciting adventure.

1. Fresh start means new goals: There is no better way to start off a new job than by making new goals for yourself. Think of your goals as your “New Year’s Resolutions of Employment.” It can be anything from bettering your skills in your selected field, to making sure that you always arrive at least 15 minutes early. Set yourself up to follow a path so when that one-year anniversary rolls around you have something to be really proud of.

2. Ask questions: The only way you are going to learn is by asking questions. Take it from a girl who prides herself (to a certain degree) on asking A LOT of questions. Think of it this way – the only way you’ll learn is by asking, and you might as well ask and be efficient than waste time struggling as you try to figure it out on your own.

3. Get involved: Whether it is offering up ideas during meetings or getting involved with your company’s after hours extracurricular sports team – jump in and get involved! This is how you will get to know the people who surround you from the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

4. Learn as much about the company as possible: The best way to do your job well is to learn as much about your company as possible. Go out of your way to learn about the history, mission and philosophy of your company. Sit down and talk with co-workers from different departments and learn what they do and how they contribute. The more you know and the more you can articulate who your company is and what they do, the better you can sell them.

5, Enjoy it!: You’re the new kid on the block. Here’s your chance to have a fresh start, meet new people and learn and do new things – might as well relish it.

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Ali Swink

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