Seven Tips for Starting a New Job – A Quick Guide to Getting Settled

I joined Atomic about four months ago, and during that time, the office has also welcomed a new cohort of wonderful Accelerators and interns. Their excitement reminded me of all the great advice I’ve gotten about starting fresh from bosses, parents, mentors, and peers over the years.

I’ve been keeping a mental list of what has worked well for settling into my new role. Here are some ideas to help you make the most of a new work opportunity, whether it’s your first job or your fifth.
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Losing Focus? Recharge by Giving Your Brain a Break

The phrase “work smart, not hard” has been uttered for years, but too many people fail to heed that advice. There is a lot of scientific evidence that taking regular breaks from our work allows our brains to refresh, forcing us to step away from the grind and re-evaluate the big picture. Oddly enough, taking breaks can lead to increased productivity while spending less time actually working.
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Review: Withings/Nokia Health Steel HR Smartwatch

Author’s Note: Shortly after I wrote this review, the Withings family of products was moved under the Nokia name, receiving a new branding treatment and a new app as a result. While my Steel HR Smartwatch has the Withings name on it, the product is now owned and sold by Nokia.

I’ve had my Withings Steel HR smartwatch for a little over a month now, and I want to share my first impressions. Read more on Review: Withings/Nokia Health Steel HR Smartwatch…

Self-Managing People Are Smart about Asking for Help

In my experience, people who truly excel in their careers are always self-managing. They accomplish more, they discover more opportunities for themselves, and (as Verne Harnish says in Scaling Up) they’re the sort of people that smart organizations hire and rely on.

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Building Your Network After Relocating

There’s no doubt that relocating can be both stressful and exciting. I recently moved from Philadelphia to Ann Arbor to join Atomic Object as a Delivery Lead. I was attracted by Atomic’s strong values and long-term approach to software development as well as the concept of this blog.

Although I was excited to join Atomic, I was nervous about leaving my native Philadelphia. As I planned my move, I worried that I’d lose some of the benefits of a broad network—strong mentors, sponsors, and easy access to feedback and advice from a diverse group. Read more on Building Your Network After Relocating…

How to Balance Multiple Projects without Losing Your Sanity

Working in a consultancy can often mean juggling multiple projects and media at once. This work style certainly keeps me from ever getting bored, but if not managed properly, it can also cause some unwanted stress.

However, if I plan my days well, they can be perfectly curated to keep me focused and get the job(s) done. Here are my tips for creating that balance. Read more on How to Balance Multiple Projects without Losing Your Sanity…

Emotional Intelligence, Part 4 – Improving Your Self-Awareness

This is the fourth and last post in a series on the excellent book Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Drs. Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves. The book segments emotional intelligence into four areas: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management.

The authors identify four areas of emotional intelligence. Image credit : Dillan.

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Stay Sharp by Standing While You Work

Many of us here at Atomic take advantage of height-adjustable workstations, or “standing desks.” Some of the claims made in support of standing desks may be difficult to detect (burns calories!) or require time to verify (lowers obesity risk!), so I won’t reference any of those in this post. What I do have is first-hand experience. Read more on Stay Sharp by Standing While You Work…

How I’m Building a Full Life Post-College

After high school, I worked full time for a couple of years before attending college. In total, it was nearly nine years from the time I left high school until I earned my undergraduate degree. As soon as I began attending college full time, I was excited for the day I would finally graduate.

But by the time I was getting ready for my graduation ceremony this past December, my excitement had vanished. Read more on How I’m Building a Full Life Post-College…

10 Tips for Creating a Job-Winning Design Portfolio

We recently opened up our lovely new home to college students from AIGA West Michigan to host their annual student portfolio review, WIP It Into Shape. It kicked off with a panel discussion, followed by a few hours of portfolio reviews.

Overall, I was very impressed with the work shown. Upon some reflection, I realized I had repeated the same advice for improving portfolios a few times. In fact, they were the same tips I gave to students last year, and the year before. This made me think the information needs to be more broadly available. So today, I’m going to share my tips for creating a job-winning portfolio. Read more on 10 Tips for Creating a Job-Winning Design Portfolio…