Congratulations! You have an exciting new job and you want to know how to transition easily into your new position. Starting off on the right foot is as easy as considering these 7 tips.
#1 Let go of the old
Did you learn some bad habits at your last job? Maybe it was ok to come in late, or maybe office gossip was just part of the package. With your fresh beginning, it’s time to go back to the basics of professionalism. Show up on time, be prepared, and keep your discussions work-related and objective.
#2 Embrace the new
You left your last job for a reason – remember that. Your new coworkers don’t want to hear you name-dropping your last company, even if it was a really cool gig. You are part of this new team now, so use language to support that. For example, it’s better to ask “Why do we do it this way?” than “Why do you do it this way?”
#3 Get in the know
I’ve heard it said “make friends with the secretary, because she’s the most ‘in the know’ person in the office”. Your office might not have a secretary, but there’s someone in the office who is in the the know about all the procedures, dynamics and roles of the people you work with. Find them, be friendly, and ask for their insights.
#4 Find a mentor
Even if your workplace doesn’t offer a formal mentorship program, you can seek out someone who can fill this role for you. This should not be someone in your management chain. You are looking for someone with fresh perspectives.
#5 Keep your eyes open
Look around you to get a feel for the the office norms. Are people wearing ties and dresses while you are in khakis? Are you ten minutes “early” – but the last person to arrive every day? These are the little things that will never be told to you in orientation, but picking up on these cues will help you fit in.
#6 Ask for Feedback
After you have been on the job a few weeks, ask your manager for feedback on how you are doing. Don’t wait until your first performance review, which might be up to a year away. Find out what you are doing well, and do it better. Find out your weak spots and correct them before they grow into a big problem.
#7 Stifle Your Enthusiasm
Stifling your enthusiasm might seem like an odd suggestion, but it’s wise to listen more than you talk for a few weeks. You might be full of great, fresh ideas and you should absolutely share them – but wait to make sure you understand the lay of the land. Perhaps the very thing you’d like to suggest has been tried before, but failed, and is a sore spot with your management chain.
You’ll do great at your new position. Don’t forget the best tip of all: be yourself. You got hired for a reason!