Thursday, February 21, 2013

Hitting the Ground Running: Adapting to a New Job

For as intimidating as the interviewing process may be for job seekers, starting a new job can be even more overwhelming. In the current challenging job market, many job candidates focus solely on getting into an interview and then getting hired. Once employed, however, these hardworking men and women often find themselves unable to meet their own expectations and instead begin stressing themselves out. 

Of course, it doesn’t have to be this way. Being an effective and valuable employee means needing to make sure you are able to adapt to your new workplace environment and setting up the correct behaviors from the start. Everyone wants to work hard and eventually be recognized for their efforts, but without taking the correct approach you may end up exhausting yourself before you even begin. 

The following are just a few ways that new hires can start on the path to success:
Never Be Afraid to Get Questions Answered

Many new employees worry about being perceived as inexperienced or unknowledgeable, and because of this they try to ask as few questions as possible. However, while no manager wants to have to constantly respond to questions throughout their work day, employees should always try to find answers to any inquiries they may have. This could mean either asking someone directly or doing a little research on their own.
Get to Work a Little Early, Stay a Little Late

It always helps to show a little initiative at work and employers want (and expect) you to be on time all the time. You should always  leave for work just a little bit earlier in order to avoid traffic or weather delays, and you should always stay a bit later to take care of tasks you may have been assigned. This reflects well on you and will reassure employers they made a good hire.
Become a Proficient Planner and Know Your Pace

Time management is a crucial skill for any employee to have and it’s doubly important when beginning a new job. One of the greatest causes of stress for new hires comes from being unable to balance out a workload and feeling like you’re forever stuck in crunch time. In order to prevent this from happening, you should always have things scheduled out to accommodate and correctly prioritize your job duties.

It’s a simple fact of working that there will always be stress, but frustration and anxiety can be managed when using proper time management techniques. Just be certain to make sure your new job is something you want to do and that you work with the correct behaviors in place.

Remember, if all else fails and you realize your new job isn’t for you, J & J Staffing Resources can help. As a leading provider of professional staffing services, we can get you started to finding your new career. Contact us today!

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