Monday, July 20, 2015

4 Things To Do When You Start A New Job

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So, you know how I've been uber secretive about something... How I kept saying "changes are upon me, but I'll tell you more later...". Yeah, I totally scored a new job. And I'm very nervous. 

I've been working (at my now previous company) for two and a half years. Not a very long time, but definitely long enough for me to feel like change was due. I'm off to be a social media specialist for what seems to be my dream company. Yeah, it's amazing and it's a brilliant next step in my career. I'm very blessed. I'm also very excited. But I'm also SO anxious. 

I haven't been a new employee in a while, so, I am making this list with hope it'll help get my shit together prior to my first day at the new job. Also, I thought this may come in handy for any of you going through the same thing. If you are, also please feel free to share your own tips. 


1. First thing's first - ask. 
Someone great once said "you never know until you ask". Yeah, corny but so true. Even if in your head the question may seem stupid, it's better you ask as you'll avoid future mistakes. This being said, after you ask you should be writing down the answer and you should be learning from the answer. Don't ask the same question more than once (in special cases, no more than twice). I've been on the answering side quite a few times, and when I see the person 1. not taking notes on my answers and 2. asking me again and again, it's just annoying. 


2. Notes are everything. 
An old boss taught me this: take notes on everything, always. During meetings, but also during your own work time. Create to-do lists, and document any issues you come across along the way. This will make you more aware of the smaller but very important things, this will make sure you rarely forget to do something, and it's a great way to manage your time. Your first month is the most crucial time for you to be taking notes - you don't want to miss anything, especially if the person training you will be leaving soon enough. Write down everything from the new programs you're going to use, to the names of your new colleagues and their positions. I can't express the importance of this enough! It'll make you a much better employee in the long run, trust me. 


3. Make friends. 
This is supposed to be the fun part, that's obviously easier said than done. But throughout the stress and the nerves that come with a first day, shake it off (especially during lunch hour) and introduce yourself to everyone. Be very friendly, and get allies (sorry if this is a negative-ish way to call work friends, but it's what they are...) as soon as possible because... they can help you out with the small stuff as well as make your time fly by. 


4. Remember why they hired you. 
You were hired because you obviously know your shit. Your new company wants you because they know (or at least, because they have a really great feeling) that you can achieve great results with and for them. But don't look at this as pressure, look at this as a great way for you to grow. Take everything professionally and with grace, smile a ton. Oh, this really sounds corny (I'm actually rolling my eyes writing this) but it's soooo true. Be the person you were in the interview until you find your place, and then just keep on moving forward. :)

Finally - GOOD LUCK. You can totally do this. xxxx

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72 comments:

  1. yes! I remember being shy in the first few days, afraid to ask things. Now I've been at my job for 2 years and asking is still big part of it. You should always ask if unsure :D

    Great tips and good luck to whoever is starting a new job soon!

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    1. AGREED! Thanks for the comment Pam, what do you do? x

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  2. Great tips! Im always so nervous :))

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  3. Great tips, but you are missing one!

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  4. I love taking down notes , whether its an idea, or a dream or something i read somewhere and don''t want to forget. I enjoyed reading your post . Have a great week.

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    1. I've got tons of notebooks but forget to write something down all the time, since I've got my phone always with me! :) But after looking back at my jobs I can highly recommend your tips, Arden! Those are true if you wanna survive the daily job life! Glad you've chosse the 4 most important ones! Really great job and lots of luck with your new one, dear! ;))

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  5. Such good tips! I cannot even pick one that is better than the others. I always make notes, ask questions, and try to build relationships.

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  6. Great tips! Congrats on your new job!!! Go girl!!!! :)

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  7. amazing post!!!
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  8. Nice post, great Tips <3

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  10. Very good tips :)

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  12. Really cute post. I hope all those starting new jobs find this helpful.

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  13. I absolutely love this post! All of this is great advice.

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  14. These tips I will definitely keep in mind when I'm having a new job! THANKS!

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  15. Beautiful photos and I love love love your style of writing! Keep it up!

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  16. I just stumbled upon your blog and I start my first proper job tomorrow after graduating from University! So these tips are really useful and I'll bare them in mind for my big day tomorrow!

    I love your blog :)

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    1. Grace, how did it go? I'm sure you were so amazing!!! xx

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  17. Wow, so true.. I think new work is always quite hard to start

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  18. Absolutely wonderful read. I think the last tidbit is the most important and the most easily forgotten. Great points! Good luck at your new job I have a feeling you are going kill it :)

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  19. I'm starting a new job in a few weeks so this was absolutely PERFECT timing! Thanks for the tips! I will be sure to follow them :) Good luck with your new job! You're going to be amazing!

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    1. Good luck to you too dear Jasmine!! You'll be awesome, I'm sure xx

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  20. Beautiful photos and I love love love your style of writing! Keep it up!

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  21. These are such great tips! Thanks for sharing!

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  22. Really great tips! Taking notes and asking questions - thanks for the reminders! Good luck! You'll be awesome!

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  23. Congratulations!!! You'll do great in this new job! ;)

    Awesome tips!! I couldn't agree more with asking and taking notes!! They are essential!!

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  24. great post

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  25. Congrats on your dream job! That is absolutely amazing:) Anyway-thank you for your tips! I will remember them in the future because I didn't realize how important note taking was!
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  26. Very helpful tips.
    I love the make friends part :)

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  27. Great and helpful post!

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  28. Congrats to the new job! That's a nice guide. thanks for sharing your tips and have a lovely day!
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  29. Exciting times! Congratulations on your new job - hope it all goes really well! x

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  31. Great tips. I've been working on this job for almost 3 years now. But these tips are really good to keep in mind for other opportunities =)


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  32. Congrats on this new journey for you! Its nerve wrenching change job but is also so challenging, and plus life is made of changes right? Good luck!

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  33. Very true and very helpful. I agree on asking part- because most of the time, people just don't remember to tell you everything and it's a must to ask questions when necessary :) xx Maja
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  34. Amazing post dear, so interesting! Have a lovely day:-)


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  35. These are all fantastic points, particularly taking notes. Nerves can often push information out of the head before they've had a chance to be absorbed, so writing everything down will not only help on that front, but also impress your new employer :)

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  36. Your first tip is so important! Loves this post.

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  37. really great tips :) asking is so important :)
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  38. Great post! The last is my favorite ♥

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  39. I echo these tips and always always be a little earlier.
    It baffles me when people show up five minutes late on their first few weeks.
    Good luck doll at your new job!

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  40. Great tips, now I'm looking for a job and when I'll find it, these tips will be so useful for me ;)

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  41. This was such a helpful post as I will be graduating college by the end of this year! Great tips :)

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  42. Great tips!! I hate asking for help as everyone always seems so busy but people are usually fine with it! Congrats on the new job!!

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  43. These are some very good points, newbies can be very annoying when they ask the same questions over and over and over again and sometimes they write it down and still come to ask the same question so now I'm stuck wondering why did you write it down to begin with. But we've all been a newbie at some point, and it can definitely be nerve racking, But congrats to you and I hope you have lots of fun doing what you love.
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  44. Those are some really smart advices :) Good luck in this new fase sweety!

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  45. great post my dear, totally agree with you! :D xoxo

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  46. congrats!!! you'll kick butt x
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  47. I love these tips! Asking questions is so important!

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  48. These are awesome tips! I recently started on my new job, and asking often definitely helps and it makes you look pro-active and willing to learn the ropes :)

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  50. this post is so usefull. thanks for sharing. ciao gloria

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  51. lovely post, kisses!

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  52. I think the last point is the most important - it's easy to lose confidence when starting a new job!

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  53. Great! I started in my last job one month ago and all these things are really important (I have a notebook full of notes).

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  54. These are some awesome tips! I agree on all levels, being nice, asking questions, making friends, best way to go. I've nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award because I think you deserve it! Check out the post here:http://inspiremyfancy.blogspot.com/2015/07/im-versatile.html

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  55. Congratulations for having a new job and I am happy to know that you are very satisfied with your new work as a social media specialist in your dream company, what a great start! I totally agree that asking is basic when you're in a new environment, well even if you've been long time, asking lets go of great deal of dilemma. I love the taking notes part because I am a kind of person who loves jotting down ideas too that I learned from others or I learned recently. Also the make friends, it's the easiest and fun part! Great ideas in general! :) Thanks for the very informative post.

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  57. This is a great post, I'm hopefully going to start working at a new place soon and I'll definitely keep these in mind!
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