How to Get Over Being the New Guy or Girl at Work

You finally got that call you have been waiting for and you start your new position first thing Monday morning! At first, you feel elated and relieved. Then, the realisation sinks in, you are starting a new job, in a new place, with new people. What’s more, you will be new. The nervous jitters set in, and you toss and turn the night before you begin your new job.

Being the new girl or guy on the block can be somewhat of a nightmare. You may run into people who are resistant to your presence. Perhaps you are replacing a beloved coworker, or maybe you are viewed as a threat or an outsider. By the end of the first day, you may feel as though you are back in school. Of course, it isn’t always this bad, but even when people are pleasant, it is still awkward being new. Here are some tips for getting through the “new guy” phase and becoming a part of the team.

Learn names as quickly as you can.
People love to hear their own names, and it makes them feel good when you remember.

Don’t underestimate the power of a friendly smile.
Because you are trying to learn a new job, navigate new surroundings and learn so much, you may forget to smile yourself. Be aware of your facial expressions.

Don’t over share.
This is a mistake people sometimes make when they are nervous and trying to make friends.

Don’t take things personally.
People may not be as friendly when you are new, but they will warm up quickly enough. Focus on your job, try to be friendly and know that your new kid status is temporary.

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