Starting a new job is exciting, especially when that first day arrives. Even if you met with many of your teammates previously, you know that this is going to be your real first impression. To help channel any nervousness, it is important to have a plan to help start things off on the right note.
If you want to make the most of this early time with your new employer, here are some tips that will have you fitting in quickly and effortlessly.
Create Valuable Relationships
When you are hired for a position, you are generally confident that you can manage the duties associated with the job. However, there is more to work than simply completing your tasks (though this is important as well). A high-functioning workplace is also about maintaining positive relationships with those around you.
Take the time to interact with people in your area, especially if you work as part of a team. Explore the company’s culture and see if there are any norms in which you should participate. For example, if your team traditionally has lunch together once a week, then it is wise to join them. By making an effort, you will make a more positive impression.
Focus on Reliability
In these early days, you want to demonstrate that you can be counted on. Attendance is critical in the beginning, as well as meeting deadlines and expectations. While there will likely be a learning curve, most duties will be assigned in a way that accommodates for that while you are adjusting to the position.
Understand Your Niche
You were hired to fill a particular void. Whether that was to help make the overall workload of a team more manageable, or because you filled a particular skill gap, it is important to understand what the nature of the vacancy that led to your hiring. While your job duties will extend beyond that particular subset of responsibilities, understanding for which requirements you are meant to be the go-to person, and meeting that need, will help you demonstrate your value more quickly.
Determine Your Goals
Taking a new job often has you focusing on the needs of the organization. However, you should also consider what it is you want to get out of the position. Are you hoping to learn new skills? Find a promotional opportunity? Use the job as a stepping stone? Retire with the company?
While you might not know the definitive answers to all of those questions, you should have an idea as to how this job fits into your larger plan. It will give you something to focus on over the long-term and can serve as a barometer as to whether this position is continuing to meet your needs as you settle in.
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