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The Hardest Part of Changing Jobs?

Copyright © Sandra A. Jackson, JobTownResumes.com, 02/25/2014. All rights reserved.


  • 5 Tips for Making it Easier.
  • Great tips from 8 Industry Experts.
  • Ben Franklin’s “The Way to Wealth.” Really?

A client recently asked me, “What is the hardest thing about changing jobs?”

You might think that the hardest part of changing jobs is finding the right one, or finding the right way to resign, or being careful about burning bridges, or lining up available references. Changing Jobs.14

But, undoubtedly, the hardest part is the stress involved in acclimating yourself to a new company culture, new people, and a new set of processes.

The best advice for dealing with changing jobs actually comes from the book, “The Way to Wealth” written by …. wait for it …. one of the founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin. That wizard of famous quotations appears on $100 US bills for a reason!


Changing Jobs.4“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” ― Benjamin Franklin

  • Plan one week’s wardrobe in advance.
  • Do a dry-run drive to work before your first day.
  • Do a 15 minute workout (yoga, bicycle, etc.).
  • Eat breakfast.
  • Leave early each day to be sure to get there on time.


“For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned.” ― Benjamin Franklin Changing Jobs.10

  • Ask your manager for a go-to person to learn the ropes. Take notes.
  • Get your desk/office and computer software organized.
  • Find your bearings: lunch room, bathroom, the IT person, restaurants, drugstores, grocery stores, etc.


“An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin

  • Try to remember names when you are introduced. Make notes at your desk.
  • Read the orientation materials that personnel gives you.
  • Pay attention. Do more listening than speaking.
  • If the new technology seems difficult, remember that you are in learning-mode. Now is not the time to be negative. Coach yourself. You can do it. Remember, the best players on a team learn to “shake it off,” “get back up,” and “get back in the game.”
  • Observe social alliances and company-culture conventions.
  • As you learn about new processes, projects, and people, don’t be afraid to ask questions.

4. BE SOCIALChanging Jobs.8

 “Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none.” ― Benjamin Franklin

  • Be friendly to EVERYONE.
  • Ask people about their favorite lunch places.
  • Accept lunch invitations.
  • If there is down time during the training process, volunteer to help out on any projects.
  • Don’t compare the new job to the old job, or say “this is the way we used to do it.”


Changing Jobs.yoga “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” – Benjamin Franklin

  •  Go home and de-stress – yoga, walking, or the gym.
  • Do those things you love to do – movies, reading, the theatre, sports, friends – you get the point.
  • Make a to-do list for the next day.
  • Get plenty of sleep.





(1) “Starting Your New Job” from Psychology Today http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/career-transitions/201311/starting-your-new-job

(2) “10 Tricks to Starting Your new Job on the Right Foot” from US News Money http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2012/10/31/10-tricks-to-starting-your-new-job-on-the-right-foot

(3) “Start Your New Job Like a Rock Star” from Forbes http://www.forbes.com/sites/work-in-progress/2013/07/25/start-your-new-job-like-a-rock-star/

(4) “10 Must Reads Before You Start a New Job” from The Daily Muse http://www.themuse.com/advice/10-mustreads-before-you-start-a-new-job

(5) “9 Things Successful People Do In the First Week of a New Job” from Business Insider http://www.businessinsider.com/9-things-to-do-in-the-first-week-of-a-new-job-2013-8

(6) “Starting a New Job” from Career Planning http://careerplanning.about.com/cs/firstjob/a/new_job.htm

(7) “Starting a New Job” from Mind Tools http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newCDV_29.htm

(8) “10 Tips for Starting a New Job” from Toolbox AfterMarket http://www.aftermarket.org/Magazine/InsiderArchives/Toolbox/StartingFresh.aspx


Changing Jobs.The Way to Wealth,” by Benjamin Franklin

You are probably VERY familiar with the best quotations found in this book’s early advice for success and enterprise, but did you know B.F. originated them?

1. “There are no gains, without pains”

2. “One today is worth two tomorrows”

3. “A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things”

4. “Get what you can, and what you get hold”

5. “Sloth, like rust, consumes faster than labor wears, while the used key is always bright”

6. “Have you somewhat to do tomorrow, do it today”

7. “The eye of a master will do more work than both his hands”

8. “Early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise”

9. And the cautionary poem:

“For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the message was lost.
For want of a message the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.”

Kind Regards, Sandy, You Resume Writer

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