Starting a new job can be pretty daunting, especially when it’s in an area you’re not familiar with. You don’t know how things work or who the other staff are, what the work expectations are or what to do if you have a problem. However after starting 3 different jobs in the last year and a half, I have come to find out that it’s not as scary as we make it out to be. I was given very similar bits of advice by multiple people on what to do when starting and even though the jobs were in 3 completely different areas, the advice was equally relevant. Here are my 5 tips for starting a new job;
Asking questions is the best way to learn. The people around you know what they’re doing and will most likely be able to answer any of your questions. Asking questions also means you can learn new things before you make a mistake and have to learn how to correct it.
2. Don’t Stress.
Relax. Take a moment for yourself. The first few weeks are when you’re most likely to make a mistake, but stressing out about it can lead to making more and/or larger mistakes. If you’re stressed or confused about something, ask questions. The more experienced staff will want you to learn things for yourself, but it’s not in their interest to let a mistake get worse. They can help you fix it or at least give you the tools or information to do it yourself.
3. Take Notes if You Can.
Much like school, taking notes in a work environment can be very beneficial. Taking notes can centralise all the information you get from asking questions so you can go back to it without having to waste time by asking the question again.
4. Work to The Best of Your Ability.
Working to the best of your ability is an essential habit to develop, but don’t push your self past your limits. No one is going to expect you to know everything and be able to do everything the very first week. Set obtainable goals and don’t freak if you don’t achieve them right away.
5. You’re Not the Only One.
This is more something to remember than a tip, but it’s equally as important. Everyone will experience getting new job last some stage and will more than likely feel the same way about it as you do. First week nerves are natural, don’t let them put you off. Once you learn the ropes and make friends you’ll quickly start to feel comfortable.
Depending on a number of reasons, getting used to a new job can take some time. If you really put your mind to it however and not be afraid to ask for help should you need it, it’ll all go by relatively smoothly. As I said, it’s not in your coworkers interests to let you fail. When you do get settled in and start making money, the first few weeks will have all been worth it.