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How to Make the Most of Your New Job

Getting a new job is exciting, but it’s also stressful. You’re learning a new system, meeting new colleagues and tackling new responsibilities. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed on the first day and want to prove yourself, but it’s important not to let that put too much pressure on you. During your first three months, work with the company’s values in mind and be open to trying different behaviors that may not have worked for you at your last job.

The company culture is the personality, beliefs and values that come together to make an organization. Hopefully you did some digging into it during the interview process, but it’s even more evident once you actually step foot into the office. It’s the little things that will help you fit in, such as how people greet one another and what the office vibe feels like. Embrace the good and the bad; it’s all a part of the experience.

When writing a job description, it’s important to use clear language that gives candidates an idea of what the role is all about. This includes defining the role’s key responsibilities, purpose and how it fits into the overall company mission. It’s also important to detail which leadership responsibilities are included in the role and how they will be executed. The wording should be simple enough to understand without being vague, and avoid using gendered pronouns or internal company jargon.

Your first day will be packed with new information, so make sure to get your personal life in order before your start date. This means getting childcare figured out, finding your way around your new commute and testing out your computer or other work equipment to ensure everything works properly. If you’ll be working remotely, consider setting up virtual coffee chats with your new team members before the start of your first week.

Be punctual, especially during your first week. Showing up late sends a poor impression to your coworkers and manager. “If you’re going to be late, just give everyone a heads-up,” says Zoe Morris, president of Frank Recruitment Group. “It’s not the end of the world if you show up late during your first week, but you want to establish yourself as someone who comes in on time and shows up prepared.”

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Your coworkers are here to help you and the more you know, the better. Be sure to speak up when you have a question and don’t be afraid to say, “I don’t know.”

It’s a good idea to set up lunch dates with your new colleagues before starting the job. This will help you get to know them and build a positive relationship early on. It’s not a good idea to just eat lunch with random people, however, so be selective about who you invite. Also, make it a point to introduce yourself to everyone you meet at your new job.