If you have just recently graduated, you likely don’t have a lot of experience working in a “real-world” workplace. The first month at your new job may be among the most interesting but stressful periods of your career. There will a lot of pressure as you try to impress your boss and colleagues.
However, instead of just passively riding along with everyone, you should take a proactive response. The first months set the tone for the rest of your career. Fortunately, we’ve scoured the web and found some essential things you should know when you enter a new workplace.
Have an elevator pitch up your sleeve
Prepare to give a 30-second explainer of who you are and what you’ve been doing before, as many new colleagues will probably ask about your prior place of employment. Get ready to also describe what you’ll be doing in your new position, because there may be individuals who have a vague understanding of your new role or simply want to break the ice.
Create something yourself
Although obvious, nowadays having an online website and portfolio is a must-have for most of the industries. Whether it is an app, a YouTube channel or a simple online resume, creating something yourself is a huge plus in the terms of experience. It shows that you’re passionate about your field and that you haven’t been sitting around, waiting for a chance to come to you.
At the very minimum, having a personal site is tangible evidence that you have some computer skills and are a serious candidate. And whatever your name may be, you can easily find a personal domain name that will help you rise to the top of search engines.
What to do if you experience an accident at a workplace
If you get injured in an accident at your new job, you’ll likely be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Almost every employer is required by law to provide workers’ compensation insurance coverage for all of its employees.
Keep in mind that there are often very short deadlines by which you must report a personal injury in order to be covered by the law. Even if you’ve only suffered minor injuries, your report could cause your employer to implement new safety processes that will prevent another injury from happening to you or your colleagues in the future.
Follow the industry trends
The changes around us are faster and faster. That statement is as true about industry trends as it is about technology. To stay up-to-date and relevant, consider joining professional associations and get in the habit of reading industry publications. Your education about a job never really ends.
The time you invest in nurturing connections to the working world and educating yourself doesn’t have to be big – only a couple of hours a week – but it will pay itself off many times over. Professional groups offer an abundance of opportunities for networking and can provide you with the possibility to practice your pitch and interview skills.
Analyze the social environment
Two crucial factors in succeeding in a career are not only to get along with your colleagues, but also to notice the streams and currents that flow beneath any social environment. In any sizeable workplace, you are bound to find cliques. Some of them are on the right side of management, some are better with HR, while some mesh great with all others. If you want to rise up the ranks with your new employer, you’ll have to associate with the right crowd.
Books like “48 Laws of Power” are excellent reading material about these hidden power dynamics present in any work environment. It is essential to start determining the office politics on day one. Power is an interesting, fundamental, and sometimes elusive phenomena in the workplace setting. Although an articulated positional hierarchy is present in every organization in the form of “an official who answers to who”, there are always those whose word carries weight too, even if they don’t have any higher official position.
In the end, remember to clean up your act on social media. Businesses typically Google search a candidate before hiring them, and social media can be an instant red flag. Before going to the workplace, clean up your Instagram. Although this sounds a bit too Orwellian, the truth is, once something seen on social media, it’s hard to forget. It is much better if you remove it before anyone from work has a chance to see it.