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How to start a new job on the right foot

Finding a job in this economy is surely a relief to any law school grad or attorney out of work, but it is truly only the beginning. While starting a new job can be exciting — meeting new colleagues, getting acclimated to a different office environment, learning how to do your job — it can be a nerve-wracking and overwhelming experience.

Here are a few quick tips to make the transition smoother:

Look good, feel good, do good. Consider adding a little something to your wardrobe and take care to always “look the part.” First impressions are everything, and you never know when you’ll be making that first impression on a new client or working with someone unexpected.

Bring something sweet to the office. Most people love at least a little something sweet to eat, and bringing in some doughnuts one morning or having a bowl of candy on your desk is a nice way of meeting your new colleagues because they’ll come to you.

Find mentors. If you don’t have one already, find someone at the workplace who has been there for a while and knows “the ropes.” Someone’s been through what you’re going through, so find them and learn how to avoid mistakes and be successful. If you already have a mentor, why not find another and have two?

Communicate and listen. You’re new to the job, so it is expected that you’ll have questions. Don’t be afraid to speak up. That’s the best way to get your questions answered and quickly get up to speed. But, just as important, don’t forget to listen! Consider taking notes throughout the day.

Do your best and challenge yourself. Set goals for yourself focus on what you want to get out of the job for your own career goals. This could be something specific, like having 20 jury trials, or something more general. Whether this is the job you were hoping for or you’re just happy to have a paycheck, the job you have now is your best opportunity to attain your ultimate career goals. Do your best and doors will open.

Do you have any tips to share? I’m starting a new position next week and I’ll be sure to tell you how it goes.

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