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Tips for adjusting to your new job

  • July 25, 2012

Tips for adjusting to your new job

Whether you're moving out of state, out of the country or simply to a different part of the same city to shorten your commute, a new job is one of the most common reasons Americans move. Just because it's typical, though, doesn't mean it's always easy. The pressures of beginning a new career coupled with the stresses of a move can make this situation difficult for anyone.

However, there are many steps you can take to minimize the hardships involved in the process of acclimating to a new job. 

One of the most common mistakes a new hire can make is staying quiet. Although it's easy to feel like you should be seen but not heard during your first few weeks, this is actually the perfect time to start a dialogue that can help you down the road.

Most people, whether they're coworkers or supervisors, are happy to help you adjust and give you a few tips for fitting in. It's also a good opportunity to learn about your employer's expectations. Often, the hiring process gives you a general sense of what your duties and responsibilities are, but asking specific questions upon starting can help you avoid misunderstandings. In these situations, it's important to not just ask questions, but to pay attention to the answers you're given.

"Listening is just as important as speaking," Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at, told Forbes. "Start a conversation with your boss to ask how you're doing."

Be prepared for acclimation
Transitions are rarely easy. Go into the experience expecting to encounter a little turbulence and confusion, but be aware that this will almost certainly diminish as you adjust to your new role.

It's important not to let a few hiccups or misconceptions dampen your outlook. Keep an eye toward the future and find ways of enjoying yourself or relaxing during the daunting acclimation period.

Make the move as easy as possible
One way to improve the period when you first start a job is to make the transition to your new home as simple as possible. If you are constantly worrying about moving in or missing time at work to tend to relocation-related issues, you will likely find the first few weeks at work even more difficult.

Hiring a long distance moving company can help you focus on your professional goals, instead of on the nuts and bolts of relocating. Using nationwide movers to manage the transportation and unloading of your belongings can help keep these crucial first few weeks manageable. 


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