Being a newbie is awful. Thankfully you’re not alone. Here are some tips to help you adjust to your new job.
1. Initiative. Make yourself knowledgeable. You have tons of questions right now. Make yourself familiar with the resources available to you (i.e. Policies & Procedures).
2. Confidence. Be willing to take (reasonable) risks. At some point you’ll have to own your responsibility. Once you’re familiar with the general aspects of your work, don’t be afraid to take (reasonable) risks on the job.
3. Wisdom. Learn from others’ mistakes. ‘Nuff said.
4. Intuition. Listen to your gut. If someone asks you to do something that would jeopardize you or give you added responsibility for their work, don’t do it.
5. Humility. Utilize constructive criticism. Everyone hates Newbie Know-it-All. If a co-worker offers a suggestion, it’s more likely they want you to improve and less likely they’re trying to control your every move.
BONUS: Work ethic. Never take shortcuts. They will be found out. Do things the hard way first. Then find faster and more efficient ways to complete tasks after you’re more familiar with your position.
Being a newcomer on the job isn’t the most exciting time in life, but with a little effort, you’ll be settled in ASAP.
What other tips would you give newbies on the job?
Adrienne Johnson is a freelance writer and editor in Indianapolis, Indiana. A graduate of DePauw University and a self-proclaimed “nerdette,” she can’t get enough of witty shows like Community and New Girl while discussing articles from her favorite blogs with friends. She laughs loudly, sings constantly, and will always have a place in her heart for the cello. Get in touch.
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