Three New Job Challenges You Forgot About

Starting a new job is hard.

No matter how exciting or positive starting at a new company may be, it’s a huge change that comes with added stress.

After starting a new job recently myself, my initial excitement quickly turned into frustration and stress by the end of the first week. I forgot how hard changing your job can actually be, and came up against three reoccurring challenges that I’m sure most professionals face when switching gigs. But after a couple of months on the job, I have also learned how to start overcoming these challenges.

1. You Need to Relearn the Basics 

Even if you’re moving to a similar role in a new company, standard processes are different in every workplace. From completing administrative tasks to communicating with clients, every company has it’s unique way of doing things. To make the unfamiliar become familiar as quickly as possible, pay really close attention to each new process all while taking notes, asking questions and double checking with colleagues.

2. You Have to Prove Yourself

No matter how much respect or trust you had from your colleagues and boss at your last company, you’re starting from square one at your new one. This was a hard one for me because my former boss and manager had total faith in me and knew they could count on me to handle anything. But in a new company, you have to prove yourself in order to gain that type of trust and respect again. To prove yourself at a new company, seek out opportunities to shine, go the extra mile with your assignments and show results for your work.

3. You’re Not the Best (Yet)

If you were at your last company for a while, you were probably pretty good in your role and knew your industry, organization and clients well. When you start at a new company, you don’t have established relationships and you may have to learn a new industry or develop new skills. Not being initially knowledgable in these areas can make you feel ineffective in your role. However, it’s important to give yourself a break and allow the time to get up to speed. Do your research, even if it’s on your own time, and use your colleagues as resources. Then when you learn all the ins and outs of your company, industry and clients, you will have what it takes to be the best in your role.

What new job challenges have you faced?

6 thoughts to “Three New Job Challenges You Forgot About”

  1. You are absolutely right! I recall all of the challenges that you faced when I changed jobs. But it does keep you on your toes!

  2. Awesome to hear you had a similar experience! Can you’re right, it definitely keeps you on point! Thanks for commenting.

  3. I say just be a little patience and follow all of your own advice and you’ll do just fine. All your points are right on. After 40 years on the job I’m still challenging myself to do my best to stay on top of my game so that I can continue to inspire the young pros on their way up.

  4. Great point! It’s important to always have the attitude of a new employee as you move up, no matter how long you’ve been at a company. If you sustain your eagerness to learn and ambition to rise, you can benefit not only during your first few months on the job, but throughout your career. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I would add that you must also learn the culture and “norms” of the new company and sometimes even in a different area of the company. These are the aspects of the new environment that may not be apparent in the interview process. Are your new coworkers formal or informal in greetings and actions? How important is starting a meeting “right on time”? Are there words that are used a lot or words that are avoided? Are you expected to organize or participate in volunteer events or not? How are cell phones viewed? What is the attitude of the organization toward the companies competition? Once you get settled – look around for mentor that can coach you on the “unwritten” rules.

  6. Great additions! These are such important things to pay attention to in a new role or company. It’s also important to learn these quickly to work well with others and improve your chances of success. Love the advice about finding a mention to help with this as well. Thanks for sharing!

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