Starting a New Job

When you have a new job, there are some things you can do to help you be successful.

Before you begin work

  • If you don't have a job description, ask for it, so you can see how your duties are explained and prioritized.
  • Look at the organizational chart of the employer, so you can see how work groups are arranged, and where you fit in.
  • Large employers have organizational handbooks, newsletters, and employee Websites that will help you understand policies, procedures and values of the workplace.
  • Discuss accommodations you will need with your supervisor, including a request for an interpreter for orientation and training.

Starting the job

  • Dress professionally to make a good impression.
  • Explain to people the best way to communicate with you.
  • Show enthusiasm and respect for the employer's way of doing things.
  • Ask what is expected from you and how to accomplish work goals.
  • Take notes to help you remember what to do.
  • Keep benefits documents you receive for future information.

On the job

  • Arrive on time, or even a little early, to the workplace and meetings.
  • Be friendly and positive.
  • Fit in with the work culture and follow rules
  • Find out what your supervisor's expectations are, and do things the way he/she wants them done.
  • Understand your role on team projects and your responsibilities.
  • Learn from observing and asking others for clarification and advice.
  • Try to work out solutions to problems, but request help when needed.
  • Complete your assignments by the deadline.
  • When you are done with your work, inform your supervisor, and offer to help others.
  • Keep up with changes in technology.
  • Take workshops or classes offered by the employer to learn more.
  • Join professional associations and attend events to network and help others.
  • Ask your supervisor for a performance evaluation after working six months, to see what you are doing well, and what you can do to improve.