Tips for New Job

These subheadings are provided by the book "Gather As You Go" by Carol Lavin Bernick, and I give my personal commentary on them.

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When a Young Person Starts a New Job

  • "Be visible and offer to help"

Always try to make your efforts be seen by supervisors and if you don't feel like you have any work to do, immediately ask your supervisor what work can be done. By offering to help you ensure good relationships with your coworkers and bosses who might be more lenient if you need to call out, or if you want that pay raise.

  • "Separate your personal and professional life"

One of the biggest distractions in this day and age is the devices in our pockets, yes our cell phones. It's important to turn our phones on silent during work. It looks very unprofessional and can get you in trouble with your supervisors.

  • "Dress for success"

Even though you might be one of the best workers, if you aren't dressing the part, you won't be seen as such. Make an effort every time to look as professional as possible for your job and being clean.

  • "Be friendly and likable"

One of the best tools you can use to your advantage is making an impressive first impression. People can get an idea of who you are and if they can trust you within the first seconds of talking to you, so get to know the names of people and try to be friendly. Write down the names of your coworkers in the notes of your phone and write a small three-word description of what they look like them to help you remember who they are.

  • "Tidy Up"

It's important to stay organized and clean just like how it's important to stay hygienic. These are small but important traits that make you seem like you have your life together. Stop by your local office store and see what organizational supplies would benefit you in your new job.

  • "Be resourceful"

There is nothing wrong with asking for help. It is something that is widely looked down upon, but by gathering your courage and letting go of your pride, you can solve problems faster, and at the end of the day that's what matters most.

  • "Be respectful"

In the beginning, don't offer your unsolicited opinion to others as you are at the lowest end of the totem pole in the beginning. You need to earn respect by being respectful and not acting like you know everything is an important part of respect. Everyone has experience with a wide variety of things and are good different things, however when you have the same job but less experience than your coworkers, it's best to acknowledge that by staying quiet. Show some personality though! Don't stop being you, just be mindful of the context and situation.

  • "Learn the structure of the organization"

By learning the who's who of the organization you can be sure to not cross over into any other person's lane. This is important in the beginning and goes hand in hand with being respectful.

  • "Know your benefits and company policies"

Know all the important policies like vacation time and lunch breaks. Make sure to know your insurance options and 401 investments options if you have those benefits. It can make you facepalm pretty hard if you notice all the benefits you've been missing out on the whole time!

  • "Learn processes"

Get used to reading up on the company news and learning the technology, software, and other tools used by the company. Ask for help if you're stuck rather than going weeks without knowing how to do one specific task because you always avoided it.

  • "Stay in touch"

Get your coworkers and supervisors numbers in case you need to tell them you can't make it work or you need to ask someone to cover your shift. Communication is key in any organization!

  • "Be trustworthy"

Don't gossip or start company politics when there's no need for it. Not everyone will trust you from the start, so don't give them more of a reason not to trust you be sharing other people's secrets talking badly behind a coworker's back. Word gets around eventually.

 

As always, continue to think differently.

 

- WPD

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