I’m at a point in my life most people find either exciting or nerve wracking. I got a(nother) job! If you’re out there counting and want to know the particulars, this is going to be job number 3 to juggle alongside school, sleep, eating and my social life (which has all but disappeared). Now, you’d think that with three jobs (and other past jobs of course) I’d be an absolute star at giving you all the tips and tricks you should follow when starting a new career! Because obviously with so many jobs under my belt I’m a wise, hard working career veteran… Is what I wish was true. Truth be told and tell me if you can relate, but when I start a job it’s like I turn into a completely different person. Sure you work hard and smile and be friendly (at least I hope you do, especially if you work in customer service) besides that, there’s definitely a period of time where I keep my head down and keep myself on the down low. New jobs think they’re giving me a probation period? Jokes on them because I already have myself one.
That being said, I do have some tips for those in the same boat as me right now. If you’re starting a new job listen up!
- Show up early! Doesn’t matter if your commute is an hour, half an hour or only 10 minutes long. Give yourself some room and show up ahead of schedule. Doing this makes you look punctual, but also gives you plenty of time if something happens to go wrong on your way over. (Remember, you can’t predict traffic/accidents!)
- Take a tour of the building if you can, this gives you the opportunity to scour the layout, see where everything goes and even meet some of your new coworkers!
- Be a sponge. Soak up all the knowledge you can! Some might call it creepy, but take in whatever it is everyone else around you is doing and don’t be afraid to ask questions! Someone have a specific way of setting a table? Copy it. There a certain way to take out the garbage? Remember it. Sure people should be training you on what to do on your new job, but don’t forget to be a little, ‘independent’ by training yourself through observation!
- You might want to make a great impression, but don’t take on too much right from the get go! Especially when it comes to things you’re unfamiliar with. Trust me, doing so leaves plenty of room for error and your possible dismissal.
- Always offer to help! This is kind of obvious and falls under the whole self training thing, but offering to help helps build interpersonal relationships as well. Remember, no one says those peers you work with have to be your friends. However, you should be friendly with them!
Got any tips for me about what to do when starting a new job? I’d love to hear about them!