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Starting a New Job? Here Are 5 Tips You Need to Know

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Starting a new job and what you need to know
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Starting a new job can be super exciting but also incredibly daunting. There’s so much to do, so much to learn, and so many unknowns. 

Will you get along with your team? Will you cope with the responsibilities? Will you make an excellent first impression?

To make sure that the answer to all these questions is a resounding “yes,” here are five things to do in the early days of your new position. 

Learn the Lay of the Land

A new job is, first and foremost, a massive learning curve. Embrace this by doing as much research and asking as many questions as you can. Before even starting, you can have an employment lawyer help you go over your contract to get a clear understanding of your rights and what is expected of you and your employer. 

Once you start work, make sure to ask questions, and learn everything there is to know about the company and the role you’ll play in it. Finding a mentor or a friend at work to help you out is a great idea. 

Get to Know Your Team

Being intentional about getting to know your new colleagues will have a lasting positive effect. Make your introductions and show a genuine interest in who they are and what they do. 

Try to find your groove – the groups or individuals you get along with really well – and try to nurture these relationships to build positive connections. 

Show Initiative and Be Proactive

You’ll make a really good impression by showing your employer that you’re ready for action and that you mean business.

Show commitment and enthusiasm by asking where you can help out (instead of waiting to be assigned work), looking for opportunities to contribute, and taking on responsibilities and challenges. Make sure you dress the part and always show up prepared. This dedication will help you adapt faster and show your new team that you’re capable. 

Understand the Company Culture

Starting a new job and adapting to a new company’s culture can take some time, but putting in some extra effort can make things easier. The way each company and its team operates is unique – from communication styles to etiquette and dress codes, and operational systems too. 

Make sure that you lean into how things are done, and ask questions when you’re unsure. You can observe how your co-workers tend to do things to help you understand as well. As long as you’re being respectful and making an effort, you’ll be okay! 

Seek Feedback and Learn from It

Especially in the beginning, asking your boss for feedback on your performance can be daunting, but it could be incredibly beneficial for your growth and success in your new role. 

Even criticism (as long as its constructive) can help you to learn more and get better at your job, enabling you to perform and really make a difference in a way that counts. You can also show initiative here by asking to schedule a check-in after your first month to discuss progress and areas for improvement. 

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Emenike Emmanuel is a multiple award-winning blogger, CEO of Entrepreneur Business Blog, Chief Evangelist of Ebusinessroom Ventures, and the Lead Coach of an online community of over 12,000 business owners called, The Excellent Entrepreneurs' Network. He’s here to help you start, manage and grow a profitable and sustainable business using digital marketing strategies. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn & Pinterest with this handle, @emenikeng. Telegram group - t.me/yourfirst1000 | Email: [email protected]

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