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How to Make an Impact At Your New Job
Several simple steps to be the best from day one. August 7, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. So, you’ve got a new job. Congratulations! You passed the tests and interviews, survived the nerve-wracking wait for your phone to ring and are ready to start your first day and prove that you’re as good in real life as you are on paper. Now, if only you understood the culture, the communication and the internal systems your new team uses. Luckily, I have some tips on how to make those potentially bumpy first weeks a bit smoother. 1. You know nothing, and that’s OK. When I started working at my current company, I knew nothing. The first days were overwhelming. I had to understand how to report my work, get up to speed with company’s direction and communicate with my manager. In short, all its internal communications. But internal communications is also what separates one company from another and can be fascinating. Mastering it can make also mean the difference between 9-to-5 paper-pushing and embarking on an exciting, meaningful work experience. 2. Read the workplace. The culture and climate of a company plays an enormous role in making sure your place of work makes you happy. If it falls short, you’ll be more likely to explore other opportunities. But if the environemnt feels like the right fit, you’ll be much more likely to stay for the long haul, earning back the initial investment the company made when hiring you. You owe it to all parties to honestly assess your surroundings. Related: Want to Start Up? Get a Job First 3. Be a self-starter. When starting a new job, it might sound logical that your manager or colleagues would show you the ropes and explain everything, but it’s important to understand and adapt