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Introduction | Acting Self-Employed | Starting a New Job | Being an Excellent Employee | Living a Balanced Life | Enjoying Your Current Position


Stage Two: Starting a New Job

Ease the transition of starting a new job by knowing what to expect and preparing for it in advance.

Upon completion of this section:

  1. You will be able to evaluate your job expectations and duties
  2. List ways to develop positive work relationships
  3. Identify ways to succeed your first day and first year.

Realistic Expectations

The more realistic your expectations the more likely that you will enjoy the experience and handle difficulties calmly.

You should form realistic expectations in the following areas:


School Vs. Work

Understanding the differences between school and work will help you form more realistic expectations about your new job.

Below are some of the differences between school and work.

School

Work

School does prepare you for work. Both School and Work require that you:

Here’s what you should expect from your new employer, regardless of the type of work you do or the type of company that hired you.

Orientation
Usually on the first day, someone orients you to your new environment and helps you complete all the necessary hiring paperwork.

Introductory Period
The first ninety days on the job.

Benefit Limits
In the beginning, you probably will not have access to all your benefits.

Training
Your employer may require you to attend some training.

New Jargon
Every profession and company has its own language or jargon.

New Equipment
The equipment and tools you use on the job may differ from those at your previous job or school.

New Policies and Procedures
Learn your company’s policies and procedures and follow them.

“New Hire” Duties
New hire duties (initial, sometimes boring duties) can be a temporary drag but they won’t last forever.


How You May Feel

You can realistically expect to have many conflicting emotions and impressions when you start your new job. Everyone does at first. These will include:


How Your Supervisor May Be

Your supervisor’s job is to help you be productive; however, supervisors have different styles. Below are descriptions of different supervisor styles.

Mystery Man
Withdrawn and distant, rarely present, doesn’t oversee your work.

Drill Sergeant
Loud and aggressive; hurls orders and demands instant results.

Nit Picker
Insists on reviewing everything you do.

Cheerleader
Heavy on the pep talks, light on actually accomplishing anything of value.

Bottom Liner
Expects you to complete assignments on time; doesn’t care how.

Baffler
Doesn’t know what she wants but expects you to produce it; talks in circles.

Social Climber
Always trying to advance at the company; may take credit for your work.


How Your Co-Workers May Be

Co-workers can make a job fun or not so fun.

Here’s how your co-workers will act towards you in the beginning:

Forget You
When you first meet your coworkers, they usually are welcoming and interested. Once you begin working, however, they may seem unavailable. It’s not that they dislike you. It’s just that they’re busy with their own work. Do not take it personally.

Stereotype You
People base initial judgments on appearance. If you are a man, a woman, white or of color, tall or short, fat or thin, people will take all their preconceptions about that characteristic and assign it to you. It’s human nature. Time and experience will help them see the real you.

Label Your Work Style
Coworkers will also label how you act, not just how you look. Are you easy-going? Will you threaten their position or make their jobs easier? Demonstrate your openness, willingness and—most of all—respect. It is through your behavior that you help shape the labels that people may have about you.


Developing Positive Work Relationships

Here are some ways you can build productive work relationships with anyone at work.

Reach Out Slowly. Even if you like the people you meet, hold back a little.


Developing Positive Work Relationships and Gossip

Gossiping usually means talking about someone else without facts.

You may find yourself or others the subject of gossip at work. Here are some strategies for dealing with it:

Gossip about You

Gossip can be helpful, but often it hurts.

Gossip Can Help You

Gossip Can Hurt You


Succeed Your First Day

The day has finally arrived. You’re ready to start your new job. The following are strategies for making your first day at work a success:


Succeed Your First Year

It may take up a year for you to feel comfortable at your new job. You will have to be patient.

The most important way to succeed at your new job is to perform well. To perform well at a new job do the following: learn, show appreciation, follow directions, be teachable, take responsibility, believe in yourself and take the initiative.


Completion of Starting a New Job. Continue to the next section or any other section.

Introduction | Acting Self-Employed | Starting a New Job | Being an Excellent Employee | Living a Balanced Life | Enjoying Your Current Position

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