5 Tips for Finding Your Footing in a New Temp or Full-Time Job

Whether you’re about to start a new temporary assignment, or you just got a full-time job offer, chances are, you’re excited and nervous. You have a lot riding on your success in the position. That’s why you should be doing everything you can to make the most of the opportunity.

But, as one of Hartford’s leading employment agencies, Stewart Staffing knows that entering a new culture can be tricky. Sometimes, it can feel like you’ll never fit in. Not to worry. With these 5 easy tips, you can navigate the ins and outs of your new company and get off on the right foot:

Tip #1: Look the part.

Regardless of the type of job you’re about to start, you need to ensure you’re wearing proper attire on your first day. Even if it is a casual workplace – one where jeans and a t-shirt are appropriate – still make sure you always look neat and put together. Fair or not, people will judge you on your appearance. If you look sloppy, they’ll assume your work quality is sloppy too.

Tip #2: Listen and observe.

Rather than doing the talking, focus on asking questions, listening and observing. That’s how you’ll learn about the company, its key players and office dynamics. Also, pay attention to those around you, especially those doing a job similar to yours. How do they interact, perform their work and maintain their workspace? If they seem successful at what they do, aim to emulate them.

Tip #3: Be flexible and patient.

Starting a new job can be an unnerving experience with a few bumps in the road. So try to stay flexible throughout the process. Be open to changing up some of your tasks and communicating in the way that’s the best fit for the culture, even if it’s not what you’re used to.

Tip #4: Be professional.

Be on time and courteous to everyone. Arrive at work and at meetings on time. Be considerate of others and offer to help out where you can. If you’re having a phone conversation, be mindful of others and try to talk quietly. Also, don’t keep your cell phone ringer on high so calls and texts distract your co-workers.

Tip #5: Stay above the fray.

Office politics can be complicated and it’s always best to stay above the fray, especially when you’re just starting out at a company. It’s also important to always strive to be diplomatic. You can disagree with someone, but do so in a respectful manner. Don’t gossip or spread rumors about anyone. Aim to be a hard-working, dependable employee your new boss can come to count on.

Looking for a new job in Hartford?

Stewart Staffing is a great place to start. As one of Hartford’s leading employment agencies, we’ll get to know your background, skills and personality….we’ll then get to work matching you with opportunities that are a great fit. Contact us today to learn more.

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