Well done! You did it! All your hard work has finally paid off. Between the phone calls, interviews and tech tests, here you stand ready to begin your new dream job. We know that it can be a scary time, full of uncertainty for the first few weeks whilst you find your feet, but we’re here to help. We have put together a few simple things that you can do in the first two months of your new job to help you succeed.
1. Introduce Yourself
Sounds easy, right? But we all know it’s not. Especially if you’re more introverted on the personality scale. You may want to sit back and hide until you have a better feel of things around the office. But on this occasion it can pay off to just throw yourself into the deep end and start making those introductions. This doesn’t have to be you walking around the office shaking everyone’s hand and just repeating your name over and over again. This can be simple, like if you’re in the break room and someone from your office also comes in. Tell them hi, tell them what your new role is within the company and ask them a few questions about the work place. Not only will you be letting people know who you are, but it will help you get a better idea about the company culture and build a sense of community. It will show that you’re proactive and proactively wanting to work with the team. Show yourself in the best light from the moment you walk in that door.
2. Find a Mentor
Reach out to someone in the company for advice. There are more than likely already a few seasoned veterans on your team. When you’re making your introductions, seek out one of the more senior members and start building a relationship with them. You want to hear what they have to say and accept any advice they have to give. This will get you up to speed quickly. As you progress down the line, this mentor can become someone that you will be able to bounce ideas off or someone who can give you some helpful tips to achieving your goals.
3. Be Proactive
You want to be able to prove that you can take initiative and that it wasn’t just some buzzword you threw in during the interview process. Yes, having a mentor is a great for helping you succeed, but don’t rely on them too much. Check with your boss every now and again what else you can do. Take some time between training and shadowing to think of some things that you can do yourself to show that you’re willing to go that extra mile. As Harvard psychology professor Ellen Langer has said:
“Social psychologists argue that who we are at any one time depends mostly on the context in which we find ourselves. But who creates the context? The more mindful we are, the more we can create the contexts we are in. When we create the context, we are more likely to be authentic. Mindfulness lets us see things in a new light and believe in the possibility of change.”
Are you ready for information overload? Because this will happen. You are going to be learning a lot of new words, new process, new people and potentially new technology. This will be a brain drain unless you take time to prioritise it. Carry a pen and paper around with you during your first day tour and write down things that are new to you. Create a list to organise in your mind what is vital to know now, and set dates and goals for everything else.
5. Define Success
Within your first few weeks you should schedule a meeting with your new manager. Or you can do this during your first welcome meeting, although this may cause an information overload like we mentioned before. Take some time with your manager to to clarify your mutual expectations. This includes understanding how you will work together, how you will get the resources you need to do your job well, and how your job performance will be assessed. Hopefully this should have already been covered in the interview, but there is no harm in double checking.
6. Ask for Feedback
Be respectful of your managers time and don’t ask for feedback on the spot. Instead during your first two months schedule a meeting with them. This is the perfect time to ask for feedback about how you’re currently doing in the company. It’s not too late to kick those bad habits that may have started to form. This is the perfect way to make sure that you’re both on the same page. Don’t wait around for your annual review, get some feedback so that you can direct yourself in the right ways.
7. Learn How to Use the Coffee Machine
This may sound simple, but trust us, no one wants to be ‘that guy’. Don’t be leaving the coffee pot empty for your colleague’s or prepare to find some very passive aggressive notes…