Congratulations on your new job! Changing jobs can be very stressful. The first three months are often an extension of the interview process as you learn a new role while navigating social and organizational norms and trying to please the new boss. But those who are prepared in those first days are more focused, more at ease and more successful.
What are the four tasks you should be concentrating on in your new job?
Focus on the major players.
Get to know the names and faces of people you report to and who can be valuable resources for you. While you shouldn’t overdo the social chitchat—you want them to know you’re serious—you should introduce yourself and build a network of alliances and trusted sources. Not only will these colleagues help make your job easier, but having social contacts at work is important in overall satisfaction. Look for ways to offer favors and figure out who your reliable sources of feedback are.
Observe and learn.
Be an enthusiastic learner in the beginning weeks and months. Observe how the company functions and how they achieve their short-term tasks and long-term goals. Take a tour of the physical space and a tour of the organizational structure. Know how each department works and interacts with the others and what specific responsibilities are. Listen and ask questions, without seeming like you’re second-guessing or criticizing the process.
Gain the confidence of others.
Remember that early achievements make good first impressions. Demonstrate you possess the skills the company requires of you and document those successes in a way that will be useful at review time. Check in after completing each assignment and ask for feedback. Keep track of your accomplishments and when you receive positive reviews. This will help when it is time for future performance reviews and salary negotiations.
Be proactive with your assignments, and don’t wait around for your manager to dole out more tasks.
Keep the boss informed.
Learn how your boss likes to communicate and how frequently. Sit down with her at the beginning to review expectations, company priorities and goals, and challenges typical of your position. You may want to set up weekly meetings to allow for course correction or constructive criticism. Be open to feedback and show your manager or supervisor you are eager and willing to improve.
A new job can be intimidating, but if you can minimize anxiety through these tips, you will be better able to concentrate your energy on achieving. So, get to know your colleagues and figure out how you can help them and they can help you. Show off your skills and accomplishments and establish a relationship with your boss in which you communicate regularly and are receptive to feedback.
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