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How to Start Your New Job on the Right Foot!

Congratulations! You’ve landed a new job. You feel like a rock star. You’ve got the skills, personality, and professionalism that your employer wanted, but any savvy employee knows that landing the job is only the beginning. Now you have to keep the job! A few tips to ensure success:

  1. Your Office Hours Are Not 8:07am-­4:59pm

Be five minutes early. It shows you’re excited and ready to work! Before leaving, ask if there is anything else that needs to be done. No one likes a clock watcher.

  1. Gold Stars

Show initiative! Employers love this. If you finish your work early, ask for more to do. You’ll look like the superstar you are. Pitching in where needed is an unwritten duty in everyone’s job description.

  1. Have I Told You About the Time…

It’s likely you landed this new job because you were smart and kept the personal information to a minimum in the interview. Now that you’ve got the job, the same rules apply. Be friendly and warm, but don’t overshare. A healthy balance of job focus and friendliness will go a long way!

  1. Can You Help Me With My Boxes?

Don’t move in. Only bring the essentials on your first day. After a week or two has gone by, you can bring a photo, some nice pens and even a plant, but don’t bring everything from your home into your work area.

  1. Hey, whatcha doing tonight?

Keep your cell phone usage to a minimum. Show your commitment to your new job and not to your social life.

  1. Training, training, training

Take notes, ask smart questions, and ask for feedback early on. If your manager doesn’t officially match you up with a seasoned employee as a mentor, take notice of who stands out as an exemplary employee and model their behavior.

  1. What should I wear?

Dress for success. When in question, keep it conservative. Even in a creative environment, stay on the safe side of attire. Once you’ve been in your new role for a week, you can get a better feel for the office attire.

  1. Hold Your Horses

Supervisors typically welcome a fresh perspective on policies and processes, but it’s smart to get the lay of the land and a feel of the culture before you make any new suggestions.

We understand it’s a competitive market out there, but hopefully with these easy tips, you are well on your way to landing the job of your dreams and keeping it!