The New Year is the perfect time to reinvent yourself and put your old job (or life as a student if you’re recently graduated) out of sight and out of mind. Now is the time to throw yourself into this next chapter of your life with all you’ve got.
That being said, starting a new job is always daunting. You’re plucked out of an environment in which you could do your tasks with your eyes closed, and thrust into a chaotic setting with no familiar faces or routine. Yes, it’s scary, and yes, you can feel like the new kid at a school, but there are several things you can do to make this transition go as smoothly as possible. The following tips will allow you to start your new role at a new organization and be as successful as you can be.
STUDY, STUDY, STUDY
Before your first day, channel your former college student self and hit the books! Learn the ins and outs of the organization and familiarize yourself with the company culture, structure, and mission. Have a good understanding of what will be expected of you and what you can contribute to your new workplace. Make sure you have your travel route down pat and give yourself extra time to get there early. There’s nothing worse than being late on your first day, and we all know there are travel factors that can affect your schedule. Once you pass these hurdles and get to work, carry around a notebook and pen during your first week. Your initial days can get super hectic, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed by training sessions. Take the time to adjust to your desk and the responsibilities that come with it.
When you’re setting into your new role, try your best to go above and beyond. There’s no better time to learn and excel than during your first week at a new job. Show initiative and complete tasks before being told to do so, think beyond your job description, and come up with ways you can add value to the company. Use your first few days to figure out a strong time management plan that you can use to impress your boss with your resourcefulness and organizational skills.
GET TO KNOW PEOPLE
Considering most people spend a lot of time with their coworkers during the week, it’s important to get to know your fellow employees. Being friendly with coworkers is a great way to pass the time and make 9:00 to 5:00 seem more like 11:00 to 2:00. Not only do they boost your mood, but chances are, you can glean some valuable insight from people who have been in your shoes. They can provide tips and tricks for being successful at your new organization and point you towards resources you didn’t even know you had. Your colleagues are your best resources to teach you the ways of the office and help you operate more efficiently.
ASK FOR FEEDBACK
Feedback is crucial, and not all supervisors will provide it automatically. Be proactive and show your managers that you’re constantly striving to improve yourself by asking them for evaluations on how you’re doing so far in your new position. A great way to do this is to find a mentor who can guide you to be the best employee you can be. Create a development plan that will map out where you want to be in your profession and share it with your mentor and supervisor to demonstrate your desire to truly advance your career.
Just because you’re a new employee, doesn’t mean you don’t have a voice! Your organization hired you for a reason. Provide suggestions if you think you have a great idea or have a better alternative. Be brave, think outside the box, and don’t let your good ideas be extinguished by your fear to bring them to light.
When starting a new role at a new organization, it’s crucial to always maintain a positive attitude, even if things get tough at times. You’re bound to face some trials and errors in the beginning, but these are situations you can learn from and succeed. Smiling is a great way to show others you’re receptive to whatever they have to say, boost office morale, and even improve your own mood. Make your disposition as welcoming as you can, and you’ll find that smiling is contagious!
As you take on this new chapter, take these tips in stride and get to work. The office can be intimidating, but it can also be extremely rewarding and a great place to befriend others going through the same experiences. Just keep in mind as you’re starting out, everyone was the new kid at some point!
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