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January 16, 2019

5 Tips For Starting Strong At Assembly

By Ryan Jordan

Delete the phrase “at my last job” from your vocabulary.

Ryan Jordan

Congratulations, you got the job! Now you have roughly two weeks to prepare for your new life working at a new office. Maybe you just moved to a new city, or are switching industries; nevertheless, starting a new job can be scary. Not knowing the dress code or who to ask to set up your new laptop can be anxiety-inducing. But don’t fear, you will make it through that first day…and the next one…and the next one (before you know it, you’ll be up for a promotion).

Here are some simple ways to make a good impression and set yourself up for success in your new role at Assembly!

Introduce yourself
If not on the first day, within the first week, introduce yourself to HR personnel, tech support, and office managers. You WILL need their help at some point during your employment. Creating an organizational chart can be a helpful reference to utilize on the day-to-day and throughout your career (relationships go a long way in this industry). Take a lap around and introduce yourself to everyone else in the office. Don’t be afraid to spark up a conversation in the kitchen or around the water cooler (if your office is still stuck in the 90s and has one of those things). Get to know your new coworkers on a personal and professional level if you have a chance.

Ask a lot of questions
Take advantage of being the new kid on the block. It’s your first month at a new job, so people expect you to ask questions. Every company and organization has a particular way of doing things, so it’s imperative to gain an understanding of how and why things are done a certain way in your new position. Take notes that you can continue to reference and expand on as you become more comfortable in your role.

Integrate into the culture
Although you may have done your research on the company and kept mental notes while walking through the office during your interview, the only way you can really experience an office’s culture is participating in it. Every office has a unique culture, vibe, and set of unspoken rules etc. Be aware of what is considered work-appropriate attire. Volunteer to participate in office clubs or activities to meet new people and gain a better understanding of the organization. Be an active member of your office.

5 Tips For Starting Strong At Assembly

Set goals
Set a precedence for what you want to accomplish your first 30, 60 and 90 days in your new position. This is a great way to keep track of what you learn on your first couple of months. It is also a great way to have concrete and measurable objectives to ensure continued career growth. Ask to set up a meeting with your Manager/Supervisor to go over the goals. This shows your initiative and gives you the opportunity to start a dialogue about expectations.

Be in the now
When starting at a new company it takes time to get used to the new environment. However, that does not give you the excuse to keep comparing your new job to the old one. Delete the phrase “at my last job” from your vocabulary. You can keep mental tabs, but you do not need to repeatedly share the differences between the two with your new coworkers. Also, just because it is 5pm does not mean you should get up and go home. If you are working on a project, go ahead and finish it. Hang around a little bit; maybe take some time to organize yourself. Being in the now at your new job will set you up for future success.

As a last reminder, make sure to take care of the little things. Bring a notebook to every meeting. Accept lunch invitations. Be polite to everyone in the office. Make a to-do list. Keep a timesheet. Stay on top of your calendar.

Try out these simple tips and good luck at your new gig!

Ryan Jordan
Ryan Jordan
Integrated Communications Assistant
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