How to Adapt to a New Job – Part II


Last time, we provided you with three tips on how to adapt to your new job. Now, we’re passing along a few more tips to finish out the list and ensure that you adjust to your new office without a hitch. Here for the first time? Follow this link to catch up!

4.) Find a mentor: A mentor can offer you a wealth of information & insight that you would otherwise have to collect through painstaking trial & error adaptation. When you need insider tips on the day-to-day routines & obstacles awaiting you, your mentor can help with that. When you need to identify potential pitfalls or learn from failed projects without making the same mistakes, your mentor can help with that. Your mentor can even help you to engage your new coworkers better. So needless to say, a mentor is pretty important to your success on the job.

The key to identifying the right person for the job is to take a serious look at the full complement of your coworkers. You want to enlist the guidance of someone who is committed to the company, who reaches out to others and has a single-minded focused on the success of the team. That person may emerge from the crowd right away or may require time to find as you acclimate to the people around you. Regardless, never settle for a second rate mentor; receiving flawed direction can be even worse than receiving no direction at all.

5.) Volunteer for new assignments: Initiative is what sets exceptional employees apart from the rest, so show some and volunteer for new assignments as you adapt to the job. That way, you’ll quickly become a visible player on the team and elevate your importance within the existing structure. Plus, as part of a new assignment, you can more easily pioneer your own role. When you adjust slowly to a new job, you always run the risk of being shuffled into the project peripheries and finding yourself stuck in a rut.

When you volunteer for new assignments, you’ll need to define the difference between what you can push yourself to do & what is beyond your capability. You want the project be deep enough for you to fully explore your talents but not so deep that you end up in over your head and drown. To achieve this, you need to take a serious look at your talents & experience to determine the best way to modify your new job approach.

6.) Be flexible: Flexibility is what binds each of these tips together. If you can’t roll with the punches or adapt to the challenges that each person, situation, or project provides you, then your transition may be a rough one. An established company tends to be deeply rooted in its ways, so don’t expect too much pliancy from the other side. The need to adapt is all on you.

The best thing you can do is not be ruffled by new situations. In a new job, things are going to go wrong and as a new employee, you can’t expect to have everything work out perfectly every single day. Just take a deep breath, mold your approach to overcome the situation, and keep tabs on ways to advance your increasingly proactive techniques.

In conclusion:

Though new challenges await you on any new job, you can be ready to adapt at a moment’s notice with these 6 tips in your arsenal. Although you may not find the picture perfect Disney ending, you’ll find a place where your ability to adjust to new challenges will definitely go the distance.

by James Walsh

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