How To Start A New Job Successfully

Starting a new job can always be intimidating, particularly if you’re making an industry change. Approximately 55% of the American workforce is expected to look for new jobs over the next year according to a survey published by Bankrate. This staggering percentage is mostly due to the rippling effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re still learning the ways that the pandemic will reshape our lives that we might not have imagined in the early months of 2020. 

With that being said, a new job still comes with new schedules, new bosses, new coworkers…new everything. It’s normal to be nervous on the first day of a new job, like a school child on the eve of that first day back in class. However, starting a new job while living through a pandemic has its own new set of challenges. Here are some ways that you can help yourself be successful while navigating through uncharted working conditions. 


One of the biggest covid-related challenges is that now more people are working remotely, and companies are limiting the amount of in-person social interaction we have. This can make interviewing, on-boarding, and communication more difficult. It’s easy for things to fall through the cracks but you can help facilitate a smooth transition by being open and flexible.

  1. Stay on top of all communications. In the early days of on-boarding, check your emails frequently, including your junk mail. 
  2. In a time where face-to-face interactions are limited, over-communicating (via phone and/or email) is always a safe bet. 
  3. Asking questions is important to being successful. If you’re confused or if you were expecting an email, you haven’t received yet, reach out to your point of contact and see if there’s something that’s missing. 

Culture & Technology

One of the best ways to become successful within a company is to submerge yourself into their culture. This can be particularly tricky if you find yourself working remotely with your new team. Always actively participate in any kind of group meeting or group work; this will be your best way to build a strong bond with your new team. You should be open to new forms of communication. If your new company utilizes a messaging system that you are not familiar with, spend some extra time getting to know the systems in place and ask questions if you’re feeling behind. Being an active employee will make you feel like you’re a part of the team in no time. 

Clear Expectations 

Another key is setting yourself up for success by setting goals and training objectives. These can be personal goals, or you can work with your new boss to create goals together. Make sure your objectives are realistic and give yourself a completion date. Having goals that range from one month, to six months, to a year can help you prioritize and move more efficiently down your list. Don’t be too incredibly hard on yourself if you don’t hit every goal by a certain date; keep working towards your ultimate achievements. Once you’ve completed your goals, make sure you are setting new goals as well; there is always opportunity for growth and development. 

Overall, transitioning to a new job is rewarding even if it’s intimidating; but there are some key takeaways to get started on the right foot: be flexible, communicate with your new team, and set yourself up for success.

RVA Career Expo 2019

Shaila and Victor

What better way to start a new month than with a job offer?

Shaila and Victor represented Astyra at the latest RVA Career Expo. They spoke with various interested candidates about open positions and why Astyra should be their choice company. They also passed out cool Astyra swag to anyone passing by!

Welcome Our Newest VP, Jasper!

Having spent all his career in large corporate environments, Jasper Richardson came to Astyra looking for a more entrepreneurial, fast decision-making and less formal environment. He will serve as Astyra’s Vice President of Client Services!

He has previously served as Vice President of Sales, Client Delivery and other contracting roles. 

Jasper possesses a B.S. degree from Elizabeth City State University in Business Administration and a M.S. from The American University in Human Resource Development.

In his spare time, he enjoys family time (especially with his two grandkids), attending sporting events, concerts, working on home projects, and figuring out how to do different things!

He and his wife Jackie have been married for over 35 years and they have two daughters, Jordyn and Jovanna.

David Joins Astyra!

David Hernandez is our newest Astyra Technical Recruiter!
He is a military brat who spent much of his early childhood moving from state to state. Prior to settling in Chester, VA at the age of 8, he had already lived in South Carolina, Alabama, Oklahoma, Florida and two other cities Virginia.
Growing up, David was an athlete who excelled in Baseball. In his Senior year of high school, he made the All Region and All Metro teams for the Central Virginia area in Baseball.
After graduating High School, David studied Accounting at Old Dominion University. He started his career in Accounting but decided to transition into the staffing industry. David now has over 3 years of experience in recruiting and is proud to be a new member of Astyra!

Fall 2018 Job Fairs

Vivia and Dionne

Astyra tabled the Virginia State University and Reynolds College job fairs in September and the RVA Career Expo earlier this month. 

At the three events, individuals were given the opportunity to learn more about us as well as receive information on available jobs. We also handed out cool Astyra swag such as sunglasses and rubber wristbands.

We believe job fairs are a great chance for people to find possible employers in a stress-free environment. We’re glad we were able to enlighten the community on some career options we have.