The Truth About Being the “New Kid”

August 10, 2017

Career Advice

Whether you’ve recently transitioned from college to the workplace or you’re a seasoned new hire at a company, you have one thing in common: you’re the new kid! And even though you’re an adult, you may still fear sitting alone at the lunch table. But let’s be honest–you have bigger things on your mind right now like, “How will everyone know that I’m not an idiot?” Proving yourself in a new position is not easy, but these tips can help.

  1. Be outgoing and friendly.
    Even if you’re shy, the first week on a new job is the perfect time to step out of your comfort zone. The more people you can meet the better. Introduce yourself, put a smile on your face, and shake some hands.
  2. Talk about yourself.
    The first week on the job is one of the few times you get to blab about yourself without seeming conceited. Consider which experiences or talents you’d like your new coworkers to know about. Be sure to ask questions too so you don’t seem too into yourself.
  3. Invite yourself.
    Certain group dynamics and workplace traditions will have already been established once you walk in the door. During the first few weeks is your chance to claim your seat at the table–both literally and figuratively. It may feel uncomfortable but you can’t rely on anyone else to pave the way for you.
  4. Be your own cheerleader.
    As the new kid, you’re on your own. You must be your own advocate and make sure the transition is going well and that all your questions are being answered. Don’t be afraid to speak up, make requests, or ask for clarifications.

Image via Enokson/Flickr. 

About Spectrum Brands Careers

Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

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