Dealing With New Job Jitters: You Should Be So Lucky
If you're lucky enough to get a job these days, the last thing you're probably thinking about is how you'll deal with new job jitters. But the longer you've been out of the work force, the more intimidating it can be to get used to a new work environment. In a recent survey by OfficeTeam, nearly one-third of workers interviewed said acclimating to a different corporate culture and colleagues would pose the greatest challenge when re-entering the workforce after an extended absence.
Learning new technologies or protocols came next (23 percent), followed by adjusting routines or schedules (22 percent). Only 10 percent were worried about "Building my professional confidence."
"Beginning a new job can be both exciting and stressful, particularly for those who have been out of work for some time," said OfficeTeam executive director Robert Hosking. "New hires can make a smoother transition by learning as much as possible about the firm's culture before their first day. Networking actively with current or former employees and asking questions during the interview about the work environment, dress code and other policies are effective ways to gather this information."
OfficeTeam offers five tips for an easy transition back into the workplace:
- Refresh your skills. Determine which software applications and other tools you will be using. To prime yourself for upcoming projects, consider taking courses on any computer programs you haven't used in a while or that are unfamiliar to you.
- Get back in the swing. Adjust your daily schedule a week before your start date so you're comfortable with the routine by your first day.
- Make the rounds. Once you've started a new job, immediately introduce yourself to those you will be working with. To break the ice, invite colleagues to join you for lunch or coffee.
- Watch and learn. Pay attention to how others act in the workplace. Many unwritten rules, such as how and when people communicate, can only be learned through observation.
- Play it cool. While it takes time to gain trust in a new environment, try to project confidence in everything you do. If you believe in yourself, others will, too.
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