5 Great Ways to Own Your New Job

You’ve just started your new job and you are enjoying it. Even though you feel excited, you’re also anxious at the same time. Starting a new job and learning to get used to a new environment is not always easy. It can feel like a whirl of mixed emotions. However, that’s completely normal, because everything new takes time to adjust to.

As the newest member of the team you are eager to impress your employer with your skills. However, if you find yourself struggling to adjust and contribute at work, don’t be too hard on yourself. We’ve outlined 5 simple tips that will help you to fully own your new job role:

1)    ‘Can-do’ attitude
When starting a new job it’s important to say ‘YES’ more than you say ‘NO’.  One of the key aspects to succeeding as a new member is being open-minded and willing to do things in a different way. It’s always worth giving things a try, even if you’re not familiar with what you’ve been asked to do. You can accomplish great things in your career by not being too stuck on only doing the things you prefer to do. Also, don’t be afraid to show initiative, give your opinion and share ideas. This is not just for the interest of the company but also for your own personal development.

2)    The art of asking 
You might not believe this, but many people struggle with asking questions. The art of asking questions is the key to gaining more knowledge, especially when working in a new place. For some reason we tend to think that it is expected of us to know everything. However, no one can know it all.  It’s ok to ask for ‘HELP’ if you forget something that has already been explained to you. And it’s also ok if you keep trying and you’re not immediately succeeding.  Take advantage of the knowledge your colleagues already have by just… yes, you guessed it ‘asking’.

3)    Oops, you’ll make mistakes
Mistakes… It’s in our human nature and it’s undeniable. A new job is a big deal and out of excitement you would like to perform without fail. However, making mistakes at work does not mean you’ve failed doing your job. It simply just makes you human. Rather learn to acknowledge your mistakes, take responsibility for it and choose to correct it. See it as an opportunity to learn and discover better ways to handle specific events and situations - Don’t allow failure to scare you from always trying. 

4)    Develop the skills you need
Identify where you’re currently experiencing weaknesses in your new job and make a conscious effort to improve yourself in that area. If you are not quite sure, your reviews with your manager or supervisor might easily indicate the areas you are struggling in. Don’t be scared to point these areas out. Find or ask for training or (online) courses that will help you develop your skills. In the end your growth will tremendously benefit your work and your work will surely benefit the company.

5)    Hit the ground running
Before even starting your new job, always make sure you do your research. Ask recruiters about the company. What is it like to work there? What is the company culture and what are the people like? Conducting research helps you get prepared for the job role and enables you to confidently hit the ground running – own it!

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