10 Tips for Transitioning to an Office Job
Congratulations on landing a new job in an office. Now, you can officially put all that knowledge to good use. You are probably excited and nervous about your new office job at the same time. It happens!
Getting ready to start a new job, whether you came from a completely different career industry or you are simply new to the working world, tends to make your mind wander. What should you wear? Which office will be yours? Will you like your new coworkers? Do you have to give a monumental speech to introduce yourself?
Relax. Everything will work out and will be okay. The best thing that you can do is read through the 10 tips we are about to provide you below and prepare yourself for an awesome first day at your new office job.
TIP #1: KEEP AN OPEN MIND
You never want to walk into your new job with a closed perspective of how everything should be. Not only is this new for you, but it is new for your employer too. You should be ready to learn, take criticism, and follow direction.
This tip is even more important for those who may be transitioning from a similar job. Remember, just because you did it one way at your old place of employment does not mean that your new place of employment does it the same way.
TIP #2: BE TEACHABLE
We cannot stress enough how important it is for you to be teachable. Be open to learning and never arrive into a new job and be the know-it-all. Making a good impression means being teachable and willing to learn.
TIP #3: LEARN WHERE EVERYTHING IS
In your role, you will likely need to stock up on supplies from time to time, so it is vital that you take some time to learn where everything is. Learn where you can find the things you need, identify areas within the office that you need to go, and be ready to take on the week.
TIP #4: GET ORGANIZED NOW AND NOT LATER
Getting organized throughout your first week is important. You do not want to find yourself rifling through stacks of paper, dropping things, and asking your boss for the tenth time where something is. Spend some time organizing your new area – you will thank us later.
TIP #5: BE PREPARED FOR THE OFFICE LIFE
Often, offices get busy and you may find yourself at your desk for an extended period of time. Whether you are a new employee or not, it helps to prepare yourself for the busy office life. Bring your lunch, some beverages, and be prepared to have lunch in the office. Even if you do get a chance to leave the office for your lunch break, remain prepared with some snacks on hand in case you get hungry- you never know when you may get stuck at your desk for longer than planned.
TIP #6: DON’T FAKE IT UNTIL YOU MAKE IT
You have likely heard the saying, “fake it until you make it.” Do NOT follow this advice. In fact, it is the worst advice for any newbie. Take time to learn your job and if you do not know something, be curious and ask questions.
TIP #7: TAKE A BREAK WHEN YOU NEED IT
Don’t be afraid to ask for a break when you need it. Your health and mental sanity come first so if you feel you need to take 5 minutes during the stressful end of month rush, do it.
TIP #8: FIND CO-WORKERS YOU JIVE WITH
Nothing beats having some friends you can connect with and talk about your day to. Don’t be afraid to make friends with some of your coworkers.
#9: OFFICE GOSSIP IS NOT A GOOD THING
Stay out of the drama and avoid the office gossip as much as possible. Remember, offices are sometimes quiet and even when you think you are whispering, others may be able to hear you.
TIP #10: FOCUS YOURSELF AND DOING YOUR BEST
It can be easy to get wrapped up in everything going on around you. The best thing you can do is focus on yourself, your work, and being the best employee, you can be.
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