13 Tips for Starting A New Job Assignment

Jun 24,2011

You have landed a temporary job and you are going to be starting your first day of your new job assignment soon. You want to be successful. What can you do to make this a good experience both for you and for those whom you are working?

  1. Be on time: This cannot be stressed enough as it is the number one thing you can do to help yourself.  Arrive at your schedule start time. Being prompt shows you respect and appreciate the opportunity as well as those who have given it to you.
  2. Research your new employer: Have a good understanding of the company to which you will be assigned as well as your employer.
  3. Make a good first impression: First impressions often turn into long-term reputations and perceptions, so monitor your behavior, your attitude, as well as what you say.
  4. Define your goals: Make sure to know your goals and responsibilities for your assignment. If unsure, ask your supervisor to review them with you.
  5. Be there: Maintain a good attendance record. Show up to work every day on time. Although there are life emergencies, you want to establish a positive attendance record.
  6. Be ready: Arrive to work at your scheduled start time prepared to do your job well without delay.
  7. Dress appropriately: Appropriate dress is essential on the first day of your new job. It is better to be overdressed than underdressed.
  8. Do your job and do it well: You were hired to get things done. You were selected for a reason. Get things done and show your supervisor why they chose you.
  9. Be friendly: Avoid conflict, be on your best behavior, and do not pick fights. While you may not always “like” everyone you work with, getting along with everyone is a must.
  10. Learn your new culture and environment: Be curious. Ask questions of your recruiter or staffing coordinator. Frequently much can be learned before you even begin your new assignment.  Have an open mind as this will help you to learn and absorb everything around you.
  11. Avoid comparisons: Try not to compare a previous job to your new job. Try not to compare a previous supervisor to your new supervisor.
  12. Ask for help: Do not fear judgment.  Your supervisor is not a mind-reader, so communicate your challenges and progress.  Asking for help or guidance is absolutely preferred over turning in a poorly done project.
  13. Take initiative: Make sure your work is done to the best of your ability. Go beyond what is expected of you and try to volunteer to do more.

What has helped you to start off on the “right foot” when beginning something new?

By Knowledge Services | Jun 24,2011