Starting a new job in the New Year? There’s a lot to get right if you want to make the best impression possible. While it’s both an exciting and stressful time, it’s up to you to put your best foot forward and set a positive tone from the start with your new boss and teammates. To do that, here are a few tips to keep in mind during this phase:
Before Your Start Date
Build as much knowledge as you can about the company. Research them online, stay up to date on news articles about them, and outline a list of key questions you want to ask about. In addition, if there are any HR or employment forms you can fill out ahead of time or any orientation videos to watch, take care of all these tasks before your first day. That way, you’ll not only be as prepared as possible, but also more confident too as you step into the office on your first day there.
On Your First Day
On your first day, you’re likely not going to get a lot of work done. It’s more of a meet and greet with your new co-workers, a tour of the facility and a continuation of the orientation process. During all this, though, make sure you keep a pen and note pad handy so you can jot down any additional questions you have or thoughts or ideas that come up throughout the process. Also, after you meet someone new, write their name down and any details that are important to note. During this first day, you’re going to be doing a lot more listening and asking questions.
After Your First Day
Once your initial orientation and welcoming are done, it’s time to get down to business. This should include a meeting with your new boss about goals and expectations, as well as to get any clarifications you need about your new role. It’s also important to discuss how your performance will be measured and what long-term goals you should be working toward. Discussing these issues in detail upfront will ensure you’re both on the same page, so there aren’t any unwanted surprises down the line.
In addition to meeting with your boss, you should also start building alliances with your new teammates. When invited, go out for lunch, happy hour or to company social events. Meet as many co-workers as you can, get to know them on a personal level and what role they play within the company. Even if you don’t work directly with them right now, the more you understand about the company big picture, the more productive you can be on the job.
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