Starting a new job is both terrifying and exciting at the same time. You can’t help but wonder if this is the right career path, if you’ll like your new coworkers, if they’ll like you and if you made a mistake. You can’t help but look forward to what you’ll learn and accomplish. However, you do have to make a few considerations when you start your new job. While you will undoubtedly begin to feel at home over time, you have to remember that for a while you’re the new girl and that means you’re under intense scrutiny until you prove yourself.
Curb Your Humor
Not everyone thinks that sarcastic, snarky people are funny. You don’t want to risk offending your coworkers right away by using your witty humor only to find that it went over their heads and landed on the other side of the room in a big, awkward pile of offense. Get to know people before you unleash your brand of humor. Once they know you, they’re less likely to take offense or think that you’re coming from a place you really aren’t.
Dress the Part
Just because you have the job doesn’t mean you can stop dressing like it. One of the worst things you can do when beginning a new job is not look the part. Your job requires you to look professional at all times. Get to know the dress code by watching your coworkers for a few weeks before you take matters into your own hands each morning.
While you can’t help it when others decide to gossip to you or in front of you, you can help whether or not you join in. Don’t; immersing yourself in work drama and gossip is career suicide. Steer clear of the negativity at all costs – especially when you’re the new girl.
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