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Six Smart Tips for Starting a New Job

  • Article by:Health Career Center

Everyone knows that, when you meet someone new, you only get one chance to make a good first impression. 

Starting a new job in healthcare is no different. The way you present yourself during your first days at a hospital can potentially define your career, so it’s important that you don’t leave it to chance.

Instead, follow the six tips below from They’ll help you avoid common mistakes, and ensure you make a strong first impression that can boost your reputation for years to come. Then, when you’re finished reading, be sure to visit so you can land a new job and start putting these tips to work for you.

 1. Know how your boss defines success

During the interview process, ask your soon-to-be supervisor what they expect out of you over the first 90 days, and how they define success at their organization.

These are very reasonable questions to ask, and your boss should be able to answer them with clear and reasonable expectations. But if they have no idea, or offer up a vague answer like “we know success when we see it,” look elsewhere. You can’t satisfy expectations or hit goals that don’t exist.

2. Remember: you’re one of them now

It’s tempting to continue identifying with your past job when you start a new one at an unfamiliar organization. A telltale sign you’ve fallen into this trap is if you catch yourself referring to your new colleagues as “you people.”

News flash: you’re one of those people now. It’s not “you people” anymore; it’s “we.” Own your new culture, and dive into it headfirst. Otherwise, you could risk isolating yourself.

3. Be sensitive to your new organization’s culture

Speaking of culture, every organization has its own complex and subtle expectations about how employees should act. And these expectations aren’t limited to the job itself—they can cover everything from off-time charity obligations to going out with colleagues after work.

Even though these expectations aren’t officially listed work responsibilities, they’re just as important. Joining in with enthusiasm will fast-track your efforts to gaining acceptance with your new coworkers.

4. Don’t try to “make a splash”

When you see that one of your new organization’s processes isn’t as efficient as it should be, your first instinct may be to offer a smarter alternative. That’ll show them how big of an impact you can make, right?

Not really. Before you share your thoughts, think about it from your new colleagues’ perspective. How would you feel if someone new came into your workplace, only to tell you that everything you’re doing is totally wrong? (Even if you don’t phrase it that way, that’s how they’ll take it.) Instead, be respectful of how they do things, and offer suggestions only after you’ve gained rapport and built credibility.

5. Be careful with emails

Email etiquette is another “small” aspect of workplace culture that can make a huge difference in the impression you make. Every organization has different ideas on how email should be used, and how professional your tone should be when using it.

Also, email offers countless opportunities for social faux pas. For example, say you send a slightly sarcastic email reply to a new colleague. The people at your old job may have understood your personality and sense of humor; this person, however, does not. Your sarcasm may be taken literally, which can land you in all sorts of trouble.

6. Set reasonable expectations

This goes for yourself and for your new workplace. Control what you can control, and don’t beat yourself up if you fail to impress everyone within your first week. Your career is a marathon, not a sprint.

As for your new workplace, don’t be shocked if they’re slightly unorganized or short-staffed. After all, if everything were perfect, they wouldn’t have needed to hire you. Take growing pains on both sides in stride, and you’ll set the stage for a happy, long-lasting relationship that can take your career to new heights of success.






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