Starting a new job can be an exciting yet overwhelming new chapter in your life.  From adjusting to a new workplace to taking on new responsibilities, you can easily become stressed out.

So how do you ensure a successful start and make a good impression?

Be properly prepared.

When you’re hired for a new position, preparation should start well before your first real day on the job.  What is the company’s mission?  How will your role contribute to this mission?  What is a typical day like on the job?  These are just a few of the questions that you should ask in your interview to get a feel for what’s expected.

Your interview helps you get prepared.  Yet, there are a few other ways that can help you get off to a great start in your new position.

Consider doing the following things when you’ve been hired for a new job.

Prepare for your arrival. Nothing causes more stress than running late in the morning.  Therefore, have an idea of how long it will take to get to your new job and factor in extra time for bad traffic.

If you want to make a good first impression, arriving early is a good way to do it.

Ask questions.  Starting a new job means that there will be a lot of information coming your way.  In fact, your first few weeks is the ideal time for you to learn how everything works.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Asking questions is the most effective way for you to learn and can lead to a greater understanding of a subject area.

Meet with your manager. 

Plan to meet with your manager early on to discuss expectations, seek feedback, and ask questions if you need to.  Your professional relationship with your manager is important so you’ll want to make a strong connection early on.

Learn the culture. 

Companies often provide an employee handbook or some form of orientation to help new employees learn the basic rules.  But to truly learn your company’s culture, talk to and observe your coworkers to learn how things work in your organization.

Volunteer to help. 

One of the best ways to get familiar with your new tasks is hands-on experience.  If your department or co-workers are working on a project, volunteer to help.  Determine how your skills can add value to the project and ask how you can assist.

Jumping right in demonstrates your work ethic. Above all, it shows your co-workers that you are a team player.

Build relationships. 

When starting a new job don’t just focus on your role but learn what everyone else does as well.  Connect with the people around you so you can build a rapport.  Building relationships within your company helps get the job done and aids in your career growth.

If you are in the market for a new job, team up with the professionals at SuitsOn Staffing.  They can help you find your ideal position in a workplace that fits your needs.

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