Beginning a new job can be stressful. Getting to know new co-workers, learning new techniques and taking on new duties can cause you to feel mentally and physically drained.
Each new job has its distinct challenges, but there are a few things common to most jobs that can help you steer clear of newbie errors, while impressing your supervisor and helping you to get along with your new co-workers.
Consider the following tips that next time you have to get acclimated to a new job situation.
Your first day
In order to hit the ground running, you need to absorb as much information as possible about your new job. Before you even walk in the door to start your first day, you should go back over all of the research to did in getting the job, including staff bios and notes from your interviews.
On you first day, make it a point to do a lot of listening; more listening than you are probably used to doing. When you do talk, you should be asking questions. Be sure to take notes on as much as possible, including co-workers’ names, job titles and something memorable about each person.
Your first week
Once you have identified the key people you will be working with, ask to set up one-on-one meetings so you can get the vital collaborations with these people off to a good start. Be humble when interacting with your new boss and co-workers.
Contribute a fresh perspective, but avoid talking about past jobs or employers. Acknowledge what procedures and ideas are working. Avoid trying to “fix” things you don’t like and give them time to grow on you. There will be plenty of time later on for suggesting changes.
Your first month
After your first couple weeks, you may start to notice that there are a number of unwritten rules and policies. Before the end of your first month, set up a meeting with your supervisor to discuss differences between written policies and the unwritten rules. During this conversation, be as honest as possible without turning people in for what might be bad behavior.
The first-month mark is also a good time to update your social media profiles and add in your new job.
Your first quarter
After the first month, most companies will expect you to start taking off the training wheels and slowly become a productive contributor. In addition to mastering your new duties, you should also look ahead to see what skills you will need moving forward.
You should also look to build deeper connections with people in the organization. Do favors for people and look around for a formal or informal mentor. Building connections now will come in handy if you encounter a crisis or need a favor yourself.
By the end of your first quarter on the job, you should be looking to make a big mark, possibly by trying to improve a process or doing some investigative research. These projects should be done without interrupting your own work or the work of others around you.
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