Tips on how to fit in at a new job

Lesotho Times - - Jobs -

IF you have man­aged to get the job of your dreams, then you should know that it is im­por­tant to adapt to new work­ing con­di­tions, to rise to the ex­pec­ta­tions of your em­ployer and ex­ceed them.

1. Un­der­stand the job re­quire­ments from the start If there is an as­pect that re­quires your at­ten­tion be­fore any­thing else, that would be the job re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. Talk to the com­pany man­ager or the re­cruiter about the im­me­di­ate pri­or­i­ties that re­quire your at­ten­tion, as well as how your per­for­mance will be eval­u­ated. In the end, it is per­fectly nor­mal to want to ad­vance in your ca­reer, to as­pire to a greater po­si­tion.

2. Be Cu­ri­ous! Be­ing cu­ri­ous is per­fectly nor­mal, and if you have any ques­tions then now is the time to ask them. Try to find the “leader” amongst your col­leagues, the em­ployee ev­ery­body looks to for guid­ance and ad­vice. He is the one who, most likely, holds the answers to your ques­tions.

It is im­por­tant to have a solid knowl­edge base if you want to thrive in the com­pany. Show genuine in­ter­est and process all the in­for­ma­tion you get: as a mat­ter of fact, it would not be a bad idea to jot down com­plex in­for­ma­tion, since you will re­ceive loads of it at the beginning.

3. Al­ways ap­pre­ci­ate feed­back Feed­back is essen­tial for im­prov­ing your pro­fes­sional skills, be it pos­i­tive or neg­a­tive. Ap­pre­ci­ate feed­back and ask for it when­ever you get the chance to, es­pe­cially dur­ing your first sev­eral months.

You can even ask the su­per­vi­sor to give you some feed­back on your over­all per­for­mance and to tell you the as­pects where you need to work harder.

On av­er­age, em­ploy­ees need up to 6 months to fully adapt to their new jobs, there­fore don’t stress your­self if you did not blend in within the first cou­ple of months.

4. Try harder than the rest This is one of the most im­por­tant as­pects to con­sider. As a newbie, it is your duty to make a good first im­pres­sion: you do not need to strug­gle to the point where you send off the wrong mes­sage and look fake, but you do need to make an ex­tra ef­fort.

You want your col­leagues to re­mem­ber you as the hard worker, the “re­source” that is in­dis­pens­able to the or­gan­i­sa­tion. Also, ac­cept new as­sign­ments even if the du­ties are not in­cluded in your job re­spon­si­bil­i­ties: you will not only make a good im­pres­sion, but you will also learn more about other as­pects of your job!

5. Un­der­stand and re­spect the cor­po­rate cul­ture The cor­po­rate cul­ture refers to the dress code and the gen­eral set of rules all em­ploy­ees re­spect. It is cru­cial to be punc­tual: as a mat­ter of fact, it is highly rec­om­mended to reach the of­fice 5 to 10 min­utes ear­lier than you are sup­posed to. Also, avoid dress­ing too ca­su­ally and avoid be­ing over­dressed at the same time.

6. Be a good observer There is no bet­ter way to blend in and to adapt to your new job re­quire­ments than by sim­ply ob­serv­ing the per­sonal and pro­fes­sional re­la­tion­ships around you. An­a­lyse oth­ers dis­cretely, see how they in­ter­act, see how suc­cess­ful busi­ness peo­ple ap­proach dif­fer­ent mat­ters and solve them.

Find a men­tor who is will­ing to take you un­der his wing and help you suc­ceed. Find your val­ues and your strong points and then use them in your best in­ter­est


A new em­ployee must al­ways ap­pre­ci­ate feed­back.

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