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Dos and Don’ts when Starting a New Job

Congratulations you landed a new job! So did we! The three of us authors, Siobhan, Patricia, and Shantel, have all just recently started here at CSU OnlinePlus as student services representatives. That being said, we had a few things fresh in our minds when it comes to getting settled in. Before gearing up for your first day at work it’s important to think about the dos and don’ts. Here are some helpful tips to starting a new job.

Changing jobs - get to know your coworkersGet to know your coworkers

Don’t be shy. Sometimes when you start a new job you may have some time before digging down into your workload to set up meetings with colleagues. The goals of these meetings should be to introduce yourself, but more importantly, to learn what your colleagues are doing in their specific roles since you may be working together on tasks and projects. If you have this option, take advantage of it. By getting to know your coworkers, it will be much easier to ask questions and get help to succeed in your own role.

Don’t assume your new organization is skilled at training new employees

Be prepared for anything. You may find yourself in two situations 1) there is extensive training in place, or 2) you may have to respectfully inquire about training opportunities. If you find yourself in the latter situation, make sure to have some key questions ready.

Tips for a New Job: Dwight asking questionsMaintain a positive outlook

Starting a new job can be overwhelming. It’s important to stay positive and not be afraid to ask questions. Asking questions shows initiative and engagement that will allow you to become more comfortable and confident in your new role. In addition, you’ll have a stronger understanding of how you fit in within the overall organizational structure.

Don’t jump the gun

During the interview process, you may have thought about different ideas and strategies for your new company to help increase their sales or brand awareness, improve internal communication, or ways to recruit new donors for fundraising, etc. Before jumping the gun and blurting out all your new ideas — think about how to present them to your manager and colleagues. You may have a lot of experience when you walk through the door, but don’t forget to be patient, listen, and respect the thoughts and ideas of others.

How to start a new job: Dwight's look on office cultureOffice culture: get in the know

Become aware of office culture and what has already been developed. It’s important to be “a fly on the wall” and observe how your coworkers are interacting with each other so you can follow office etiquette. For example, humor, professional dress code, and communication preferences are some things to think about, just to name a few.

Do you have any tips that you can share with us?

Good luck on your first day of work and please pass along this blog to friends and colleagues that are starting a new job.

Speaking of starting a new job, if you’re in the market for career advancement, but have realized that you need a higher degree to make that possible, check out our online graduate degrees, and don’t hesitate to contact us to find out if one of our programs could be the right fit for your goals.

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