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Adjusting to your new legal job

The first few weeks or months in a new role can be stressful and demanding, even the most seasoned lawyers will need some extra work adjusting. Here are some tips to help you ease in.

Make friends

Feeling like a stranger and not knowing anyone can be one of the most daunting aspects of a new job, hence it is important to be well acquainted with your workmates and boss. Introduce yourself to as many people as possible and make the effort to ask at least one colleague out to lunch everyday. By reaching out to establish rapport with your co-workers, you will find out more about the organisation and how it works. This is also a chance to form alliances which will make you feel more comfortable in the office.

Orientate yourself

Read the organisation handbook, this is an important information resource on dress codes, absentee policy, vacation time and other HR issues. Find out from colleagues what the work culture is like and try to adapt to it. Pay attention during orientation and ask questions if you are unsure of how things operate. During your first couple of weeks, managers and colleagues will be most willing to explain how things are done. Make use of this time to speak with as many people as you can with regards to proper company procedures and practices.

The first few weeks or months in a new role can be stressful and demanding, even the most seasoned lawyers will need some extra work adjusting.

Prove your worth

First impressions are important and can make a difference on your image in the workplace in the long run. Make sure you complete your appointed tasks and responsibilities before the given deadlines. Be proactive and do not shy away from taking on more work if needed. In international law firms, sharing your ideas might work to your advantage as it helps you engage with the team and shows that you are passionate about your work.

Put in the extra hours

In a new job, most people take longer to complete the tasks simply because the technologies and workflow are different from their previous workplace. At this point, it is advisable to invest extra hours in the office to catch up and familiarise yourself with your new duties. This will put you ahead of the learning curve and help you make a quicker and smoother transition.


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