In today’s job market, searching for a job is already an exhausting process. Because of this, people tend to ignore red flags about certain positions and take anything that they can get. It’s important to remember that the job you take can end up exhausting you more and lead to burnout than the job search process. Here are some ways to avoid being overwhelmed at your new job.
1. Understand the responsibilities
When interviewing with the hiring manager, it is essential to understand what your responsibilities are in the position. Don’t just go off of what’s written down in the job description, make sure to ask people questions about what you’re going to be doing and what to expect while working. Not only will it prevent you from being surprised on the job, but it’ll also show managers that you are attentive and are willing to learn and grow while working.
2. Clarify your schedule
There’s nothing worse than thinking that you’ve got the day off, but your boss calls you and asks why you’re running so late for work. That’s a bad look, especially as a new hire. Make sure you clarify your schedule with your supervisor before you officially begin work. If you’re looking for a position that is flexible, make sure all parties are aware and if your hiring manger can accommodate that, then great, take the job.
3. Read reviews thoroughly
Making sure that your place of work is well received is a great precautionary step to take. The reviews of past employees can save you the trouble of wasting your time at a terrible job. Whether it’s the management, the employees, or the unreasonable hours, a couple of quick google searches can save you from putting time and effort in a job that was never worth it to begin with. Any job with three stars or lower is usually a red flag of a bad work space. But remember these reviews should be taken with a grain of salt, so don’t be afraid to hold a place of work to your own standards.
4. Ask for help
No matter how much experience you have, every company, restaurant, or office operate differently. It will make your life much easier if you reach out someone who can give you the low down on the work environment. By clearing up any confusion you have before you take the job—you’ll feel like part of the team, that much faster when you start. You’ll also start bonding with coworkers sooner. Overall, don’t be afraid to reach out and ask questions. All of your coworkers are there to help you, not watch you fail.
If you know what you’re looking for, you can avoid the red flags that can lead to burnout.
This article was written by Alexander Richardson.
Alexander Richardson is a freelance writer and enjoys helping artists develop and tell their stories. In his free time, he writes creative short stories that you can find on his page on Vocal. He also enjoys entering creative writing contests.