With the economy being what it is - getting a new job is a BIG deal. Here are some steps that you can take to start it right and hopefully lay the ground work for a successful stay at your new job.
After you accept the position try and get as much information as you can about general office "stuff". Things such as dress code, pay cycles, breaks, lunch times, vacation policies, time off, general office decorum. This will go a long way toward your fitting in with your new surroundings. For instance, if the dress in the office is jeans, you would not want to come in on the first day in a 3-piece suit (but it is always a good policy to over-dress rather than under-dress if you don't know the specific dress code).
Once you meet everyone that you will be working with, try to find the person that is most like you and work toward building a relationship with that person first. Also, as far as relationship building, try and discern for yourself where the various people fall hierarchy and respect spectrum. Hooking your wagon to the wrong person/group could make or break you and your future with the company.
Find something that makes you unique and practice that as much as possible. For me, I am an early bird and always get to the office before anyone else. People notice that and have come to rely on me to be there to take care of any emergencies that pop up before everyone gets there.
Be reliable. Be where you are supposed to be at the right time. Return calls when you say you will. Finish your tasks (no matter how trivial) on time. Enough said on this point.
Take notes on everything. Don't make your co-workers or boss tell you something over and over. While a note pad and pen is sufficient, I have used products like Microsoft OneNote and Action Outline from Green Parrotts Software. They are free form, searchable places to transcribe the notes that you take. This will be one of the most important tools that you will use to help you get off on the right foot.
Be nice to everyone. Aside from being a good piece of advice to live by, it is even more important in the working world. Things change all of the time in the work place and you never know who will be your boss or co-worker during your tenure at the job. As another side benefit, people just love to do things for people that are nice to them. Don't be nice just to get things from people, but do it to make your work environment a better place.
Jeff McKinstry is a computer programmer that is trying to be funny and entertain people in his spare time. His wife might not think so though.
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