Starting a New Career

January 9, 2021

Have Reasonable Expectations

In case you are leaving your current job, it is important to come to terms with the fact that your former employer and colleagues won’t necessarily make the process of leaving easy. You shouldn’t expect a big send-off or something of the sort. Don’t feel offended if they fail to throw you a big send-off party. 

Likewise, you shouldn’t go to your new job expecting fanfare on your arrival. New employers and colleagues won’t necessarily make starting a new tole easy. Instead remain confident and keep in mind that you are wanted and valued. After all, you were hired for a reason.

Make a great first impression. Here are some expert tips from Orion on making a good first impression:

Dress Professionally.

You need to show your new employer that you mean business. If possible, try to copy the dressing code of the people who conducted your interview. Your first week will be among the most important on the job, so try to look as professional as possible, but don’t overdo it. Prepare everything you need for your new job the night before, this includes your outfit, badges, forms, parking passes, food, etc. The last thing you want is scrambling for things in the morning. 

Get Enough Sleep.

Getting plenty of rest the night before will help to keep you active and energetic, and will make you seem eager and ready for your new job. So, set the alarm and steer clear of alcohol. There is nothing worse than having a hangover on your first day. 

Plan to Be Early.

You definitely don’t want to be late on your first day. You should find out beforehand the best route to take to your workplace and how long it will take you to get there. Make sure that you leave with extra time on your hands to cover any unexpected delays. It is important that you know where you are required to be, whom you are expected to report to, or which office you should begin with. 

Be Polite and Respectful to Everyone.

This includes everyone from the parking attendant, receptionists, security guards to the higher-ups. Everyone in your organization, despite their title, is your colleague and deserve to be treated with respect. 

Understand Expectations.

Seek out a meeting with your boss or supervisor on the first day to establish goals and objectives. Remember to ask relevant questions, clarify and discuss expectations, and get a clear understanding of your role in the organization. 

Remain Positive.

You should expect some bit of chaos on the first day, and a feeling of being out of place. Keep in mind that not all employers excel at onboarding. So, despite the situation, remain positive and encourage yourself. Things will eventually get better, and you will be an independent member of the team within no time. 

Absorb The Office Culture.

Succeeding in your new job is highly dependent on how well you fit in. Take the time to learn your new company’s way of doing things. So, start by observing and asking questions. See how people behave around the office, how they dress, how they engage with one another, and so on. 

Don’t Forget to Socialize.

Besides working, the office is the place for making acquaintances and building relationships. While some of your new colleagues may not be all that receptive to you, try to be receptive to all. You need to take the time to get to know and understand your new workmates.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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