Fresh Start: 7 Smart Actions for the First Week on the Job
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

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If you’re ringing in the new year saying goodbye to an old gig and hello to a new one, kudos to you. It’s great to get a fresh start, and with that comes the opportunity to start the right way.

Take these tips from Brazen Careerist with you to ensure you get a lead on the right track at your new job:

1. Focus on introductions

New employees are often distracted and rushing from one introduction to the next. All this meeting and greeting makes it easy to commit a small social mistake. You might forget the name of a new coworker before the handshake is even over. And you might leave an introductory conversation without saying “goodbye” or “it was nice to meet you.”

Each time you meet someone new, smile, shake hands firmly, maintain eye contact and repeat the person’s name. Then say goodbye before you walk away.

2. Ask to meet your boss

If you’re welcomed and shown to your workstation by a coworker or HR manager, take a moment before the interaction ends to request a meeting with your actual boss. This person may be out of the office or too busy to meet you right now. But find out what’s going on and make plans to meet with her later. Don’t wait for her to come to you.

3. Create a functional workstation

If your password isn’t working or you need to order more paper clips and manila folders, speak up. Don’t let this slide until your second week on the job – that’s a surefire way to fall behind.

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.