It can be tough being the new kid on the block…or rather at the office. Landing a new job can be equal amounts exciting and intimidating. New atmosphere, unfamiliar faces, and for some people, a complete change in career paths can seem overwhelming and stressful.
I recently left a retail job for my new position as a business development associate with Avanceon. While I welcomed the transition into a more corporate setting, I was forced to learn how to adapt quickly. Below, I’ve listed some tips that helped me adjust and hopefully will work for you too.
1. Establish a routine: Change can be uncomfortable because it’s different and unfamiliar. Come up with a schedule for yourself. For example, start your day by answering emails, then take calls from 10-12 etc. Creating a schedule helps make a new “normal”.
2. Get to know the office/workplace: Do people gather before or after work to chat? Do most go out for lunch, eat at their desks or meet in a breakroom? Becoming more familiar with your surroundings, will help you to feel comfortable and give you a sense of belonging.
3. Make friends: Introduce yourself to as many people as you can. Get lunch with different people and don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone. This will help your new job feel like a fun place to be. And who knows, your life- long friend could be sitting right next to you!
4. Learn the company culture: Fitting in at a new job often means observing and adapting to the overall culture of the company. Since you were hired for the position, you likely expressed a variety of values that made you a good fit for the company. Embrace the culture by making the office norms your new habits.
5. Understand your role and what your company does: Knowledge is power. Understanding the ins and outs of the company and the role itself will give you an upper hand in advancing yourself in your career path.
Transitioning into a new job can be scary but don’t be afraid to be the “newbie”. With the right attitude, you’ll be settled into a comfortable routine in no time!
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