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Making it through your first day on the new job is just the tip of the iceberg. You’ve still got to navigate the waters and find a good landing to establish yourself in your team. 

1. Be the Conversation Starter

Introverts, put on your best social butterfly wings and initiate conversations to speed up the awkward getting-to-know-you phase. Writing down some small talk topics might help calm your nerves, just stay away from the controversial ones like politics and religion. 

2. Know Your Boundaries

Humor is a great way to bring a few laughs in the office and lighten the mood. If your humor is on the more sarcastic, dark or inappropriate side, dial it back a little to avoid offending anyone. This should be given by now, but an absolute no-go is bad mouthing your ex-employer or ex-colleagues. 

3. When in Doubt, Ask for Help

No one is expecting you to get the hang of things right off the bat so approach colleagues for help when in doubt. That said, Google is your best friend, so be sure to exhaust that option first. If possible, group your questions by topic so that you avoid disrupting your colleagues with questions every time something comes to mind. 

4. Listen, Learn, React

Know-it-alls don’t make for the best team members, especially not when someone’s new to the team. While you might be bursting to prove your worth, you have the least knowledge of the daily workings at play. Listen and learn from your more experienced colleagues before offering your opinions. They might have already tried out the “innovative” ideas you’re looking to implement.

Being the newbie is tough but everyone’s been there and can sympathize. Just avoid the rookie mistakes that could possibly strain your very new-and-yet-to-be-established ties with your colleagues.

Jason Reich
Co-Founder | TalentSpace

Jason is a co-founder of TalentSpace, where he keeps himself up at night thinking of new and innovative ways to make recruiting an enjoyable and fruitful experience for everyone. He's worked on the international expansion of US-startups, Casper and HotelTonight (acquired by Airbnb), and was also on the Value Creation team of Google Chairman Eric Schmidt's VC, Innovation Endeavors. He graduated from Bocconi University.