Starting a New Job in a Pandemic

Starting a new job can be exciting and scary. It’s natural to have those first-day butterflies, but what about starting a new job remotely? Working remotely has become the new normal for many. Now your commute is nonexistent and your meeting attire is an appropriate shirt on top and pajama pants on the bottom.

If you landed a new job during the Covid-19 pandemic, you’re quite lucky. I am grateful to be one of the lucky ones being the newest member of Catalyst as Assistant Account Executive. As excited as I was, the thoughts and concerns of starting a new position remotely raced through my head.

Starting my new position remotely was, for the lack of a better term weird, but the President, Melissa and my colleagues have made the effort to make it feel as natural as possible. As much as I would love to be able to spend each and every day with them in the office, they are always available to speak to and have made my remote onboarding experience practically a breeze!

Communication is the main ingredient for solid remote work and relationships with your team. The one piece of advice I would give to anyone starting a new job remotely is to reach out to whomever you need to as much as you can. I have asked many questions in my first three weeks of employment. I knew I had to ask these questions, I knew they would only benefit me, yet I still found myself saying, “sorry for the silly question.” But, Melissa and I agreed that no question is a bad question.

-Christine

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