Starting a new job can be a daunting task. In addition to your specific duties that are spelled out in your job description, there are also often unspoken rules that dictate the culture and atmosphere of your company. Knowing how to navigate these can help you excel on the job and network for expanded opportunities.
Use Social Media Wisely
It can be tempting to add all your new work friends to your favorite social media sites. Doing so might not be wise, however, if there is a huge disparity between the culture of your office and your after work persona. Facing the president of the legal firm you work for after a weekend of partying is not the best mix of work and pleasure.
Even if your work persona closely matches with your personal life, you could find that melding the two is not wise. Many employers now routinely search for information about their employees’ after work activities by using social media sites. Unless your social media profiles are pretty benign, it is best to keep your work presence and your personal life as two separate entities.
Keep Your Cool
Knowing when to speak up and when to simply listen is a great way to not only learn more about your job, but also about the culture of your workplace. Staying composed when things go awry, as they will at some point, evokes feelings of clearheadedness and stability that will only make a favorable impression on those that matter within your company.
Be Network Smart
While it is important to treat everyone at your office with respect and courtesy, you want to carefully consider who to network with. Connecting with the right people can make your experience with that company more fruitful, ranging from advancements within the company to opportunities outside it as well. Your immediate boss is a logical person to try to network with, but do not forgot about the boss’s support team either. They often have insight and strategies that can help you in the long run.