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Starting a new job can be beyond stressful. If it's your first job, then you have no idea what the working world is like, but if this isn't your first position, then you know that trying to fit in can seriously make you feel like the new kid on the block. Though you will experience the first day jitters — because that's standard and it's fine to feel that way — there are ways to not come across as the "new person" at your new job. Even though everyone is totally going to reference you as the new hire.
Don't Discuss Your Old Job
If this isn't your first job, it may be difficult trying to acclimate to your new office, but it's vital to not reference your old job too much at your new job. One of the first anxious reactions to feeling out of place is to discuss things that feel familiar to you. Everyone already knows it's essential to not bad mouth your old job at your new job, but simply talking too much about your old job can be just as worse. You would never discuss your past relationships with someone you're trying to build a new connection with. This is the same thing.
Talking about your old job could make it seem like you can't adjust to your new position, and it might even annoy your co-workers. Also, it can come across as you comparing your new position with your old one. This is a huge red flag. You may not be trying to do this intentionally, but the interview process is over. Referencing your old job, or your day to day tasks is not necessary. When you feel like you want to discuss your old job, instead talk to your new coworkers about what your current position entails. Spending time getting familiar with your new role will help you forget about your old one.
Figure Out Office Culture
Trying to fit into office culture can either hinder or help your transition into your new job, and doing this correctly can make or break your experience. When attempting to fit into your new office, you don't want to try too hard, because then your colleagues will notice. It is important though to take note of what your office is like and adapt to that. If your old office was more of a regimented environment, and your new office is more relaxed, you don't want to bring the serious environment to your new position. If people take their lunch breaks, don't sit at your desk with your lunch. That doesn't mean you have to eat out every day, but don't barricade yourself at your desk. When your colleagues make plans to meet up for happy hour, don't be the person that is always rushing home straight after work. Picking up on the culture of your office will 100 percent dictate how your experience is going to go.
The same thing goes for if you came from a laid-back office environment and your new environment is more serious. That doesn't mean that the work is any less hard or more manageable, but if you notice that your co-workers are not the type to dish about their personal lives, don't be the coworker that is always talking about their weekends. You have to walk a fine line as a new hire. Although you don't want to try hard and seem like you're working overtime to fit in, you have to adapt to the culture of the office.
Find An Office Buddy
Finding a work friend will help you acclimate to your new job. Since they've been the new person, they'll be able to make introductions and bring you into the fold. Developing a trusting work relationship is vital for your new job. Social ties make us that much more productive so finding someone you can vibe off will aid in your adjustment. Also, they will be able to help you navigate and learn your new workplace faster than you would on your own.
Allanah Dykes has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Politics from Fairfield University. She started her freelance career in 2016 and has written about how to land a job post-college, internships, and the interviewing process. She has pieces featured on Elite Daily, Levo League, and Popsugar.