Starting a new job is stressful, whether you’re an executive or entry level employee. As one of Phoenix’s leading employment agencies, PrideStaff knows those first few days, weeks and months are basically like an extension of the interview process. And how you perform can set the tone for years to come. That’s why it’s important to make the best impression possible. Here’s how to do that:
#1: Take training and onboarding seriously.
The onboarding process might not be thrilling. However, it’s vital for your success on the job. This is where you’ll start gaining some real insight into the company’s mission and vision; culture and nuances; and policies and procedures. During the process, ask a lot of questions and take notes. Also, work to make connections with other new employees, as well as company veterans.
#2: Get organized.
You’re going to have a lot of information thrown at you in the days and weeks ahead. That’s why it’s important to get your desk set up and your calendar organized. Also, get a binder for all the paperwork coming your way, so you have a good place to store it.
#3: Introduce yourself to everyone.
Outside of training and onboarding, introduce yourself to everyone you meet – whether it’s in a meeting or in the company kitchen. It’s never too early to start forging relationships with those on your team and in other departments, as well.
#4: Find a friend.
Strive to connect with someone in the company – preferably a veteran – who can show you the ropes. They can offer you valuable insight, for instance, when it comes to decoding complicated company lingo or communicating with the leadership team. These are the kinds of details that will help you find your footing more quickly in your new job.
#5: Know what’s expected of you.
Spending time with your new boss is critical in those first few weeks. Initially, they should be establishing goals and expectations for your role. They should also be defining what success looks like after three months, six months and a year in the position. So if you feel like you’re not on the same page – or you’re unclear on details – connect with your boss.
#6: Get comfortable.
The company is your new home for eight hours a day, five days a week. So get comfortable. Figure out what the coffee situation is. Find out where the best place is to have lunch. Ask around about the closest drug store and dry cleaner. You want to learn your new company and your new neighborhood.
#7: Give yourself time.
Adjusting to a new job isn’t easy – even when it’s a great job. So be patient and give yourself some time to feel comfortable and integrated. A year from now, you’ll feel like a veteran.
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