First 100 Days on the Job

Salary, Benefits, Co-Workers, Boss, Career
Curated By
Therese Basham

Therese Basham is an independent Marketing and Communications Consultant based in St. Louis, Missouri. In addition to being a stay-at-home mom to her son and daughter for the past twenty years, she has remained engaged as a free-lance marketing communications writer, photographer, and videographer. She recently joined the Association of Professional Photo Organizers and is now helping individuals bring order to their digital and physical photo and video collections. Therese is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where she studied marketing and psychology.


They Might Be Thinking:

  • I don’t have the right clothes for this job.
  • I feel incapable of doing this job.
  • I miss my old job.
  • I don’t know how to do everything my job requires. 
  • I won’t be able to figure this out.
  • It’s only a matter of time before people find out I don’t know what to do.
  • I don’t really like my co-workers.
  • Will I fit in?
  • What if my co-workers don’t like me?
  • I’m not sure I’m going to get along with my boss. 
  • I’m afraid I made a big mistake by taking this job.
  • This job isn’t what I expected.

Words That Might Be Encouraging:

  • Congratulations!
  • You aren’t expected to know everything. It’s okay to ask questions and ask for help. (And don’t forget about the power of the search engine!)
  • This is an exciting new chapter in your life!
  • You might make some mistakes along the way. Admit them, learn from them, and move on.
  • I’m so proud of you. 
  • I believe in you. I know you can handle this.
  • Is your current wardrobe acceptable? Would you like me to go shopping with you?
  • Do you have everything you need for the job? Can I help you put together a list?
  • Everybody is nervous when starting a new job.
  • Tell me what you do in your new role. 
  • Tell me about the people you work with.
  • What has been your most interesting assignment?
  • Keep an eye out for somebody who might act as a mentor to you. Enlist that person’s help and support.
  • I’m always here if you want some advice or just want to talk about your job.
  • It takes a while to adjust to a new job. Don’t make any rash decisions.
  • Just remember, you were chosen because they have confidence in you. 

Words That Might Be Discouraging:

  • Are you sure you can handle this?
  • Don’t ask too many questions; people will think you can’t handle the job. 
  • Your old job seemed like a better fit. 
  • You are over qualified (or under qualified) for this job.
  • Don’t ever admit you made a mistake. People will think less of you.
  • You should tell your boss you don’t like the job and see if you can switch to another one. 
  • Your job sounds really boring. I could never do that. 
  • How much are you making?
  • Don't rock the boat, even if you think you have a better way of doing things. 
  • Do you like your boss?
  • You should suck up to your boss so he/she will like you.
  • Do you like your co-workers?
  • If you don’t like it, you should just quit. 
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