6 Tips That Will Help You Find Success In Your New Job
A new job means new environment, new people and new rules. Even if you’ve got several years of work experience, you’ll want to have your workplace etiquette down pat because a professional screw-up wouldn’t be without consequence.
Want to find success in your new chapter (and possibly career)? General insurance provider Budget Direct has six tips. Scroll the gallery to check them out.
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1. Introduce yourself with an elevator pitch
There’s no way out of this – starting a new job means that you’ll be introducing yourself, over and over again. Having a prepared 30-second primer that explains who you are will make this process a whole lot easier.
It should quickly dispatch all of the essential information about yourself to your new coworkers – where you studied, what you majored in and what you’ll be doing in your new role. Just remember to speak enthusiastically, no matter how many times you have to say it.
2. Show earnestness in meetings
Your first team meeting is bound to be a nerve-wracking experience. The key to making it go smoothly – be prepared. Note any topics you’d like to cover or questions you want to ask beforehand.
Listen carefully to what’s being said, and don’t be shy – speak up if you have something relevant to add.
Whatever you do, don’t forget to silence your phone. And even if the meeting is a little dry, it’s probably best if you don’t show your new coworkers how bored you are.
3. Be confident during presentations
Any presentation calls for careful planning and a healthy dose of confidence. Remember: Practise, practice, practice. Memorise your main talking points and rehearse your presentation with friends.
Ask for honest feedback so you can iron out any problems. During the presentation be sure to speak up, enunciate and smile proudly. Talk to one person at a time and make eye contact.
No matter how comforting it may be, resist putting your hands in your pockets if your nerves start to get shaky.
4. Be open to feedback
No matter what your role, the day will eventually come when your boss takes you aside for some real talk about your performance. It happens to the best of us.
Bite your tongue and don’t react as you receive the feedback. You might feel hard done by, but it’s important to look the person in the eyes and listen carefully.
Ask questions so you can deconstruct things, then implement the suggestions into your future work. Believe us – feedback is a good thing if you approach it in a positive way.
5. Ask for help
Asking for help can be a delicate matter, especially if you’re the newbie in the office. But if you do it in the right way, there shouldn’t be any problems.
Seeking help when you need it makes you look proactive and helps you get the job done – so you really have nothing to lose. Remember – it’s ok to admit that you’re stuck. Don’t sit around waiting for someone to help. If you really can’t solve the issue yourself, ask around.
6. Stay positive during performance reviews
Performance reviews can be daunting, and none more so than your first one in a new job. But remember, this review is an opportunity for you to find out how you’re doing in your new role and how you can improve.
It’s your chance to find out if you’re picking up the job as quickly as your boss expects, or if you’re falling short of expectations. But remember – stay positive and refer back to our Receiving Feedback instructions if the feedback is not exactly what you want to hear.