When starting a new job, it’s vital to build rapport and showcase your abilities—both as a team member and as an independent worker. Not only do you have new tasks and methods to learn, you have to discover how to ‘fit-in’ with the mix of personnel, focus on clients, and deliver projects on-time. Read further to discover five ways that you can maximize your first few weeks in your new position.
Observe. Don’t start a new job by offering your opinion on everything. Furthermore, be sure to not provide suggestions on how your previous company did something; if that is your first impression among co-workers, then your new co-workers will view you as someone living in the past and ready to make sweeping changes—without actually knowing what is ‘going-on’ in your new workplace. By observing before offering your opinion, you are able to show patience, understanding, and a collaborative approach that will earn the respect of staff members.
Lunch or Coffee Appointments with Co-Workers. Make it a point to have lunch or coffee with a minimum of one co-worker each week. This allows you to build more solidified relationships within your new workplace. And, while it is important to be professional, it’s also nice to get-to-know people on a more personal level.
Offer to Assist. During the first three months of employment, take any opportunity to assist others—even if it isn’t in your job description. If someone needs help after-hours or is looking for assistance with a vital project, offer to help. This not only helps you build a collaboration with that co-worker, it will also give you the opportunity to learn even more about the company and its procedures.
Partner with Your Manager. Ask you manager or supervisor if you can meet after the first 30, 60, and 90 days of employment. It’s important to know where you stand at the beginning of employment and to quickly modify behavior, outcomes, or processes. By securing immediate feedback and making any necessary changes, you are showing flexibility and adaptability—something that is valued at all workplaces.
Notes and Documentation. When starting a new position, there are MANY things to remember and learn. Document the things you are learning so that you don’t have to clarify each time you are completing a task. Track names and information regarding clients so that you can start to remember the information and understand how initiatives are all tied-together within the organization and its clients.
Finally, remember that there will always be challenges when starting work at a new organization. In addition, mistakes may be made and you may discover methodologies that are different than previous workplace. However, remember that this is your opportunity to shine, show how you can evolve, and align with the goals and objectives of the new organization.