8 Tips for a Successful Start to Your New Job

Jul 10, 2017

Starting a new job can be a daunting process, and the first day may feel like starting freshman year of High School. In addition to learning your new position, you must also ingratiate yourself with new colleagues, and figure out how you fit into the equation. Here are a few simple best practices for a smooth transition, and making a solid first impression.

1. Suit up. Even if you know that your new workplace is pretty casual, it’s always a good idea to dress professionally for the first day of work. Once you’ve made a favorable first impression, you can follow the lead of team members in terms of dress code.

2. Find out who’s who. Before your first day on the job, request a list or organizational chart and get a feel for the hierarchy and structure of relationships. For many larger companies, employee bios are online, complete with photos. Familiarize yourself with as many names and faces as possible so you know who you’re meeting and addressing on day one.

3. Smile and introduce yourself. Don’t underestimate the power of a positive, outgoing attitude. Even if you’re on the shy side, make it a point to greet everyone with a smile, enthusiasm and a few friendly words. The first point of contact forms the foundation of how you’re perceived, so make the best impression possible. Perception is reality.

4. Know your Managers’ expectations. Having the boss or management team in your corner will help define your professional success in your new position. Find out his or her management style, most valued traits and biggest pet peeves. If you worked with a good recruiter to land the job, he or she should be able to provide guidance in this area. Also, start building good professional relationships with your new co-workers, and ask for input.

5. Engagement – jump right in. Don’t wait for the work to come to you. As soon as you’ve met the key players, dig in and start doing. The quickest way to prove your mettle is to start contributing.

6. Know when to ask for help. It’s normal to feel a bit overwhelmed during your ramp-up time. Ask questions?Management and your team will appreciate you taking the initiative to get it done right.

7. Check your personal life at the door. Keep it professional. There is nothing worse than a ?chatterbox? in the work place. Especially one who insists on sharing intimate or personal details of their life. Honestly, no one cares and eventually no one is going to take you seriously.

8. Pick your work friends wisely. Birds of a feather flock together. Surround yourself with high performing or valued employees, and whatever you do don’t get sucked into any gossip. Focus solely on work-related topics and general pleasantries.

From entry-level interns to senior-level executives, every new employee has to get through a transition period. By following these best practices you’ll increase the likelihood of success in your new position.

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