1. Learn the culture
Those quirky, off-color jokes or your rigid structured demeanor may have worked well for you at your last job, but don’t be surprised if those traits cause your new team to be a bit concerned. The best thing you can do before applying for a new job is to research the company thoroughly. A simple Google search or looking at reviews posted on some of the leading job boards such as Glassdoor, Zip Recruiter, or many others can reveal how the company treats its employees and shed light on how your experience will be. You can check out our article on the top 50 job boards here. We have even created our own job board as well, which you can check out here.
While conducting research is a great place to start, keep in mind you may never truly understand how your experience within the company will be until you see it firsthand. Before you start, be prepared to study the organization and everyone around you objectively, learn how co-workers treat and interact with each other, and then decide if you are a good fit. You can even ask the interviewer about company culture prior to accepting your offer. To be clear, I am not advocating that you quit if the culture is not what you expect, but I am saying that you should always be prepared and open to adapting to different company cultures.
2. Master time-management
Learn the importance of waking up early and being punctual as soon as you possibly can. I have previously landed a position with a company simply because I showed up an hour first to my interview. The hiring manager said my early arrival showed him that I really cared. So, let your actions speak for you. Waking up early, being punctual, and submitting projects before their due dates will become second nature once you develop great time-management habits.
3. Conversate without oversharing
When you’re the new person in the office or joining a new team, understand that people are trying to get a feel for who you are. You are bound to be asked a lot of questions. While some conversations can be beneficial to the workplace, help you network, and make work a bit more fun, too much chatting can hinder production in the workplace, or worse, you can end up oversharing too many personal details and become the center of “water cooler” conversations.
Play it safe when you are entering a new environment. Keep the small talk down to surface level conversations like the weather, and try to save those juicy details of your life for your friends when you are far away from colleagues, not on company time, and never at a company gathering.
4. Be mindful of how you treat people
The way you treat people reveals more about the quality of your character and leadership capabilities than any title ever could. Whether you’re joining the organization as an entry-level team member or as someone’s superior, nothing gives you the right to treat someone poorly. This tip is perhaps the most important in this article.
Whether you are behaving unethically or treating someone unkind, people will never forget how you made them feel. Your actions will give you a reputation that can follow you throughout your entire career. Always practice kindness and strive to learn from everyone you meet. As world-renowned American Philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson famously stated, “Every man I meet is my superior in some way, and in that, I learn from him.”
Learning from everyone you meet and treating people well, regardless of their title and of what they can do for you, will serve you well in the long run and benefit you in more ways than you could ever imagine.
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