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Tips for a Successful Job Start

So you've found a great job with a Careerwomen.com employer, accepted/negotiated the offer...so what are the keys that will set you out on the right track?

  • Confirm when and where you should arrive and to whom you should report. Show up on time.
  • Bring important information on yourself and dependants for insurance forms, withholdings, 401k, etc.
  • If you already have it, review all company information.
  • Get connected-make sure mail, phone, email, computers get connected
  • Order office supplies, business cards, support material, etc.
  • Get on the routing list for reports, mail, etc.
  • Pro-actively introduce yourself to those in the office. Set up brief meetings if appropriate with co-workers, etc. If not, make an effort to get a cup of coffee, or lunch with co-workers who can show you the ropes.
  • Review company policies, guidelines - ask about any unwritten rules.
  • Make sure to review the immediate goals and expectations of your supervisor/manager. What the mid-term and long-term goals? How will you be measured? What defines success?
  • Dress professionally - even Casual Dress does not mean micro-minis, worn jeans, or midriffs.
  • Learn names of co-workers and administrative staff as soon as possible.
  • If your job entails customers, be sure that an announcement has been sent to customer(s). Introduce yourself as well.
  • Learn the specifics of your job - get up to speed as quickly as possible.
  • Come prepared to make an impact and get something done - try to be productive as soon as you can.
  • Watch, Listen, Learn.
  • Limit Personal calls.
  • Don't take excessive breaks or extended lunch hour.
  • Smile, say Good Morning - have a pleasant, professional demeanor.

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