Today, Joe Ryder is back to share 3 easy rules to follow when you land a new job and have to transition yourself into your new company’s environment.

“You landed the job and now you’re officially the new kid on the block. What’s the best way to acclimate yourself to your new surroundings? Keep your mouth shut, mind your business, and prepare for opportunities.

Now, let me elaborate….

Keep Your Mouth Shut

The first piece of advice that I give to any new hire is, ‘write it down.’ Anything you see, hear, think about, or any ideas you develop from what you’re observing should be immediately written down instead of spoken out loud. Nobody likes a know-it-all. It’s very easy to come off as someone who thinks they know everything if you begin voicing your opinions right off the bat. Furthermore, if you walk into an environment of people who have been working at a company for a significant amount of time and your first rule of business is to give advice rather than listen, you will insult them.

 Mind Your Business

I would suggest to any new hire to have a brief first day meeting with their direct report and ask precisely, ‘what is expected of me?’ Once you have your answer you, very simply, do exactly what you’re told. For many years, I’ve seen too many new people hired for one position and then try to do more than what they’ve been told to do, overstepping their boundaries.

Prepare For Opportunities

You’ve now been with the company for three months. You’ve kept your mouth shut, minded your own business, and have done everything that has been asked of you. By now, you have earned the respect of your coworkers by doing the job that you were hired to do, and doing it well. This is the point in time in which you will finally be asked to share your thoughts and give advice in meetings. Be prepared to show your worth.

I will warn you, these 3 rules might sound like no-brainers, and in a way they are, but many people find it difficult to follow easy instructions. Lucky for me, I learned quickly how to keep my mouth shut and mind my own business just by growing up in Brooklyn.”

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