Fit Right In With Your New Job This Fall With These 5 Tips

Starting a new job can be both exciting and frightening at the same time, especially if you don’t know anyone. Everyone wants to give a  good impression and fit right in with the other employees, but sometimes that just doesn’t happen for a number of different reasons. With these tips below, you should fit right in your new place of employment.

1. Have a positive Demeanour 

A smile can go a long way and it’s free. Smiling gives you a welcoming demeanour and invites people to interact with you. This is especially important when starting a new job and getting to know new co-workers. If your head is always down and you look upset, it's unlikely people will start speaking with you. So lift your head and smile away!

2. Ask questions only after you have done your own research

It can be quite embarrassing when something has been covered in a meeting and then you ask a question pertaining to what was just discussed. It also doesn’t leave a good impression if you’re a new employee. Do your own research before asking any questions to ensure it has not been covered.

3. Mingle with colleagues during breaks or lunches.

Breaks and lunches are a great time to meet new co-workers. Rather than working through breaks and lunches, or eating at your desk. Go to the cafeteria and meet new people. It’s also a great networking opportunity if you plan to advance in the company. You can learn about different departments, the company’s culture, as well as events that the company has.

4. Don’t Gossip

Gossiping is an absolute no no when starting a new job. If someone got you upset, or if you are not fond of a particular person, the last thing you want to do is gossip about them. It’s always best to address the issue with the person directly, rather than discussing it with someone else behind their back. Plus being a new employee, you don’t know who is related to who and who may be friends.

5. Have a plan

Having a plan and staying focused will help you to move up the ladder. Once you know what your next move is, then it becomes easier to network with the people who will assist you in getting there. You could also consider taking courses if that will help you to make your next move. Whatever your plan is, don’t lose focus if you want to get there.

6. Volunteer

Joining different committees is a great way to meet new people, expand your skills and network with coworkers in other departments. It can also be a resume booster when applying for your next job. Volunteering says a lot about your character and employers often like to see that their employees are finding ways to give back.

7. Don’t be late

Always be on time. Punctuality is important in life and building a reputation of always being late, will only harm your chances of advancement. You also never know who’s watching, so it’s best to ensure you are early than late.

What are some things you did when you started your last job?

By Shondell Varcianna

September 26, 2014