Tips for Starting a New Job

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Starting a new job is almost always an exciting time in life. Whether it is job that follows a long layoff, a career advancement, or just a change of scenery, a new job brings opportunities to meet new people, learn new tasks, and perhaps make a difference at a new company. Despite all of its positives, starting at a new job can also be daunting. The nagging concerns about needing to fit in and measure up brings stress into your life. Following a few simple tips can reduce stress and enhance success on the new job.

Establish or maintain your morning routine.
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The beginning of the day evolves into a routine for most people. it is this routine that keeps you from forgetting you keys, ID cards, lunch, and a few dozen other things first thing in the morning. Since you want to arrive at your new position composed and relaxed, try not to break your morning routine. If you have never established a routine or you new work hours vary considerably from your recent habits, plan your morning agenda before retiring the night before. You may need to make a list to help keep you on track.

Do not be late or absent on the first day of work.
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This is not always the end of the world, but it is not a good start either. Obviously, emergencies do arise. By having a reasonable plan and allowing enough time, you should be able to be at work well before your work is scheduled to begin. This looks good to the new supervisor and gives you a sense of accomplishment before you walk through the door to the new job. If necessary, do most of your morning routine before going to bed so that you will not have problems allocating your morning time.

Dress appropriately for your job.
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Unless you are starting work as a stripper, you work wardrobe for the first few days should not include overly tight, flashy, or revealing clothing. It is better to be slightly overdressed than to show up seeming too casual. Your clothing reflect your opinion of the job and company to your supervisor. You want your attire to say, “I want this job, and I am looking forward to being your next star.” Even uniforms should be neat, clean, and tidy. If you are uncertain about how to dress, overdress and take along a change of clothes. No one gets upset because you came prepared.

Take along any tools or materials that the job may require.
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It does not hurt to show up with a pen or pencil available. The company probably provides these, but you may have paperwork to do before starting to work. Using your own pen can be a little comforting when you are in a strange place. It may sound minor, but on the first day of new job, the minor things seem much larger. If tools are required, make sure that you have the type that are used on the job. It can be a good idea to ask about this when the job offer is made. This usually will give you a few days to gather up what you will need.

Make a point to get acquainted with your supervisor.
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Some companies do all of their hiring through their human resources department. Your first day on the job may be the first time that you get to meet the boss. You at least want to know what he or she looks like so that you will not do or say the wrong thing at the wrong time.

Try to establish a relationship with a few coworkers during the first week.
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It is helpful to have someone to visit with on breaks or at lunch. It also pays to have people to ask about helpful hints to improve your job performance. Networking on any job cannot be anything but positive in the long run.

Do not ask for special privileges on the first few days of work.
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If you will need time off shortly after starting the job, negotiate this before accepting the position. The company may elect to delay your start date, but most will have you start so that you can begin getting trained. Once you are on the job, it is best to find a way to change your plans rather than take off of work during the first 90 days or so. Leaving early is also a problem unless it is life or death. Do not overreact to family phone calls about problems at home. The telephone is one of the worst ways to be able to really assess a situation. Get someone else to swing by and check on the problem if at all possible.

Try not to brag about your previous performance at past jobs.
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Let people see you as a good worker or an expert and draw their own conclusions. Bragging just makes the hill of acceptance in the work place harder to climb. Be willing to help, but also be willing to take instruction. Every job has different procedures and standards. Learn to adapt to the new company before trying to make too many changes unless you were hired to revamp the process.

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