This is just one popular nickname you get when you start a new job. Remember your first day in a military uniform?

I'm sure that in most civilian jobs you hear less yelling and screaming and barking out orders from your higher-ups. Then again, depending on where you've chosen to work, you might be getting an earful right now. So, what did our military training teach us about being new?

Here's yet another list of things to consider as a new employee:

  • You have two ears and one mouth, so it might be wise to do twice as much listening as talking in the beginning.
  • Learn the "Chain-of-Command" and understand who is in charge.
  • Follow the rules, policies, and regulations to the extreme. Ask for clarification before you do something you might have to explain later.
  • Pay close attention to how the corporate culture reality compares to your impressions during the hiring process. Think carefully about how you'll react to your assessment of this reality.
  • Get to know the people in your department as well as those in departments you'll interact with.
  • Make sure to attend any company social gatherings. This will give you a chance to meet others, expand your network, and expand your understanding about the company.
  • Be ready for some harmless pranks, practical jokes, and office humor at your expense. Be a good sport about it!
  • Ask lots of questions. It helps if you read up on the company handbook beforehand. That way you'll ask better questions based on established company standards.
  • Show up early, stay late, and perform your job well.
  • Set a goal to learn as much as you can within the first 30 days of employment.
  • Continue to set reasonable goals as you continue down the path of success!

Being the new kid on the block can be exciting! Your new journey starts with high expectations and the goal of becoming a superstar at work. Those first few days often form the basis and foundation for your future success. Your ability to quickly identify and surround yourself with the successful people at the company can make a huge impact on your long-term level of accomplishment and job satisfaction.

Be wise as a Newbie. Use this opportunity to get started right!

What experiences have you had as a Newbie?