Starting a new job can be nerve-wracking and exciting at the same time.

Fear can be inevitable. It’s like going to high school for the first day. You’re excited to go but you can’t help but fear the unknown.

Figuring the ins and outs of the new company can be a bit overwhelming, the logistic of navigating your way around the business units and understanding the culture, new personalities, and new environment.

“From the first day, you need to be on your game,” according to career expert Amanda Augustine.

Nervous much? Don’t worry, The Young Independents have some tips for you:

1. Introduce yourself to everyone within the company: Make sure that people know who you are and what you’re here to do. This will ensure that if you need to collaborate with business units to complete your task, then you will know who to speak to.

2. Lean on a veteran: Look for a very experienced person to mentor you within the company. Often, there are people who would love to help, show you how to work like the company expects you to. Of course, it’s understandable that you do not come with all the knowledge of the business – as you will be hired as an expert. So do not be afraid to ask questions, and ask for help. Set aside an hour a day for someone to mentor you.

3. Show off your abilities by taking initiative: Do not wait for someone to dish out instructions to you. You are there to work, so when you get to work – ask what needs to be done then get to work on your duties by adding your knowledge, skills, and personality to it. You are there for a reason. Ask for guidance along the way, but ensure that you do not need to be micromanaged.

4. Manage your time constructively: Your line manager will be relying on you to be present during your working hours, and that there’s direct results of your working day by the time you leave for home. Managers do expect you to prioritise your work before anything else so arriving on time, keeping your lunch-breaks short and getting more work done during your working hours – will help you gain respect within the company.

5. Keep communication lines open: No matter what the circumstances, please always communicate with your manager. They would rather know your reason for being late, not matter how insane the story is – than not know at all. Managers are mostly always more upset about your silence than your reason for not pitching up. Please, always tell them what’s going on. If you’d like to stay on, learn as much as you can in your job and make the best of it.

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