Starting a new job can feel daunting. Even after going through an interview process and researching the company as much possible, there’s still no real way to know how you will feel until you step through those doors and get stuck into it.
Over the last year, I’ve started 2 new jobs since graduating and it’s really made me think about what kind of mindset is most successful when going into a new working environment. These tips are aimed mostly at those that are just starting out in their career, but I hope it will be relevant/helpful for anyone of any age too.
When I started my first job after graduating, I wanted everything to be perfect. It’s easy to fall into the trap of spending hours creating a flawless piece of content, but that’s unrealistic and time doesn’t always allow for it. The truth is that when you’re starting something new, it’s inevitable you will make mistakes. We all have to learn to receive feedback and, most importantly, act on it. So if you feel like you’re a little vulnerable to criticism, practice building a harder outer shell before landing a job, because people will always input opinions on how you can do something differently – they’re not attacking you as a person; they want to help you and support your professional growth.
Ask LOTS Of Questions
This is something I found a little more difficult when starting new jobs. I always feel like I’m bothering people if I ask too many questions, but in fact it’s the only way to learn and to fully understand the role and what is expected of you. It doesn’t mean you’re incapable if you’re asking for help – it just means you are willing to learn the right way of doing things. And if you stay quiet, how is there any room for improvement?
Have Confidence In Your Ability
I would bet that this is one of the defining factors when it comes to job interviews. If you don’t believe you can do it, then those around you won’t believe it either. I’ve struggled, especially during remote working, with doubting my ability and questioning the value I give to a company – it’s easy to do when you’re so far removed from the people you are working with. It felt like I hadn’t fully integrated into the working world yet, but I’m finding that being in the office is helping a lot more with that.
Have faith in what you can do and believe you are capable of doing great things. You may not be great at everything and you may not have the same qualities as the colleagues around you, but that’s why you were hired – because your unique qualities are needed. We all worry sometimes that we’re not doing something well, but remember to back yourself, always.
Speak To Everyone (If You Can!)
When entering a company as a newbie, you may feel like a bit of an outsider, but the more people you speak with, the easier it is to integrate. From a working perspective, it can be useful to chat to all the managers and directors of different areas of the company when you first join, such as Sales, Marketing, HR. They can give you an overview of what they and their team do, which gives you a great all-rounded view of how everything slots together to deliver the end result. Plus, you never know when you’ll need to collaborate on a future project!
Don’t Forget To Have Fun!
Getting a new job and integrating yourself within a new company is always going to involve hard work, but don’t forget to enjoy it too! The average human spends 35 hours a week at work, so make the most of it. There’s always going to be elements of a job that you find tricky or don’t particularly like, but treasure those parts that you really feel passionate and excited about, because those are the parts that make it worthwhile.
I hope you found this post useful if you’re starting a new job, or can relate to some of these points based on past experiences.
What would be your No.1 piece of advice for starting a new job?
Let me know in the comments below.