There’s always some apprehension surrounding any new phase of life. Be it your personal or professional life. Curiosity, excitement, nervousness – all of these emotions emerge while starting a new job. There’s excitement because you made it. There’s nervousness because you don’t know how this new chapter would unfold. But do we ever know what lies ahead? We learn as we progress. And sometimes, we learn in the light of other people’s experiences. I have noticed a specific behavioral pattern among smart people and it is worth sharing with you. To make you feel comfortable as you begin your new job.
The impressive things smart people do while starting a new job
Developing a Strong Personal Brand in the new job
Smartness is not just about your academics, your skills, or your potential. It has more to do with how you learn and evolve in the process. There’s one thing about smart people is that they don’t work to impress their boss or their management. They work to raise their bar higher than before. This is how they build a strong personal brand. People begin to recognize them for their work, their personality, and their ability to influence others. While starting a new job, look at it as a platform to build your brand. You will be judged on everything. From your attire to your relationship with your co-workers. Pay attention to all of it. A better personality is in the making and you wouldn’t want to compromise on that. Would you?
Keeping calm amid the chaos
What sets apart the smart people from the rest is their ability to keep calm in the chaos. There must be a thousand things going up and down in the background but they know getting anxious is no solution. When starting a new job, many individuals panic at the slightest hint of a problem. Herein lies your opportunity to learn and make the most of it. And the learning can only begin when you keep calm and focus. Employers highly value individuals who can maintain their composure and act like true leaders in adverse situations.
Asking questions and sharing what they think
Remember what Socrates said? “The only thing I know, is that I know nothing.” This is exactly how smart people are. Never proud of what they know, rather feel stupid about what they don’t. Always curious, always hungry. To learn and expand their knowledge. And how their eyes lit up when they discover something new! While starting a new job, do not hesitate in asking questions. Your curiosity will get the best of you. From understanding your role in the organization to the company goals and vision, you will develop a perspective of your own. Take it from me, settling into a new job will become much easier with this.
Observing the Company Culture
Much of the learning happens by observing the surroundings. While starting a new job, smart people often observe what’s going around them. From the management to the company policies, and the relation between the organization and the employees, they try to understand it all. How does the system work? What is the work culture like? What are the organizational values and beliefs? As you begin your new job, try to understand everything. Learning about the environment will help you drive your energy in the right direction.
Certainly, starting a new job is a great transition in your professional journey. One can never be sure about how one would fit in the new framework. But starting a new job can be promising in abundant ways. Only if you know how to make that first impression at work. Blindly following the footprints of others is not the idea but having a perspective of your own is smartness. Hope this article helps you while starting a new job. Wishing you luck for the road ahead!
(The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Energy Dais.)