Starting a new job can be quite daunting and can bring out a variety of mixed emotions – anxiety, excitement, fear! The first three months of any new job are an extension of the interview process.
It’s really important to try and not let the nerves get the better of you and to make a good first impression to your new colleagues and boss. Here’s a few tips on helping you settle into that new job:-
Understanding your new role
Aim to get a full background to your role in the first week at your new job – try to understand what is expected of you and what your responsibilities are. If you have any objectives or targets find out what they are so you know what you are aiming for. Make notes in meetings and keep everything documented so you have something to relate back to.
Understanding the business
Try to get to grips with the structure and culture of your new workplace. Find out who you need to establish relationships with in order to succeed. Spend time understanding the company’s industry, its clients, products, services and market. Show an interest in what your new workplace does and who they are.
Talk to your boss
Your boss may be really busy, but try to grab half an hour with them during your first week. You can discuss your responsibilities, targets and objectives. It’s important to build a relationship with them and show them that you are capable of doing the job – and why they hired you in the first place!
Introduce yourself to other members of staff and use your networking skills to find out what their role is. Build respect and trust by looking for ways to help out and by taking an interest in what other people are doing. Don’t wait for people to introduce themselves to you – be proactive and make the first move.
Find a mentor
It never hurts to have an experienced, knowledgeable, successful professional to bounce ideas off. Mentoring has numerous benefits, from a simple sounding board to someone who helps direct and advance your career within the organisation.
Keep your connections updated
Update your statuses on social media and let people know where you are now working. You never know what opportunities it might bring in your new role. Start following your new company and colleagues so that you are up to date with what is going on in your new workplace.
Don’t expect to learn everything in your first week! It can take a few months to settle into a new job. Remember it takes time and patience to find your feet so bear with it.
Speak to your colleagues! Where’s good to grab some lunch? Where can you make a hot drink? Is there a fridge in the office? After all these people have been in your situation before and they will understand where you are coming from!
So although starting a new job can be daunting, it’s also very exciting. Don’t be afraid of change and remember to challenge yourself and don’t give up!