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How to Start Off Your New Job On the Right Foot

Say you just nailed an interview and you’re starting your new job soon. Acing the interview is just one step, albeit an important one, on the way to a successful career. Here are some tips to make sure you start your new job with everything you need to succeed.

Make Your First Day a Great One

You want to start your new job off right, and being late is a surefire way to ruin that goal. Make sure you are up much earlier than normal and you give yourself plenty of time to prepare. If there are modifications that you could make to streamline your morning routine, now is the time to do it.

If HR did not tell you the dress code, make sure you lean more conservative with your clothing choices. You don’t want to stand out like a sore thumb when you have so many people to meet. Speaking of clothes, your new work atmosphere may be different from your last, and you may require an updated wardrobe.

Remember Names

One of the most important parts of meeting people is remembering their names. When introducing yourself to others, ask them what their role is at the company and their name. If you’re not the best at remembering, try to find a way to repeat their name shortly after hearing it. It helps cement their name in your brain. When lunchtime comes around, use it as an opportunity to learn more about your new coworkers.

Set Goals

Obviously, you will need some time to become accustomed to your new job. Once you’ve settled down a little bit, though, focus on setting goals for yourself. There should be two categories: short-term and long-term goals. Short-term goals would be things you want to accomplish by the end of the week. Long-term goals would be anything from months to years down the road.

Examples of this are achieving some kind of award or getting to upper management.

Change is Hard

Whatever you do, remember to embrace the new culture and at least give it a shot. There might be certain things at your new workplace that don’t make sense. However, they likely are put in place for a reason, and you just need to feel them out. If after a few weeks, things still aren’t clicking, it might be wise to find out how to make suggestions.

Of course, you’ll want to do it in a way where you won’t be stepping on any toes.

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