It’s the beginning of a new year, and you’re getting ready to start a brand-new job. Congratulations! What a fabulous way to start the year!
With a new job comes a whole new world of office culture, responsibilities, and relationships. It’s a teeny-tiny-bit intimidating. Ok, it’s a LOT intimidating.
Here are a few tips to help you along as you head into the new arena.
- Plan Ahead
If you’re going from one job to another, try taking some time in between to separate yourself from your previous job and plan for this new one. Plan out your wardrobe (you’d be surprised how much time it saves), your commute, childcare, and even your meal plan for lunches. Take some time to learn about the culture and history of the company. If possible, ask for a tour of the location ahead of time to familiarize yourself with the space.
- Introduce Yourself
It’s normal if you don’t want to draw attention to yourself early on, but you also want people to see your excitement for the job. A great way to do this is by introducing yourself to your new co-workers. Find the right moments and graciously extend a handshake (or elbow bump in this COVID world) as you start getting to know people. Perhaps mention to your manager that meeting people is essential to you and ask for a list of the best, first connections.
Introductions are not only a great time to make a first impression but also a great time to start picking up some first impressions of your own.
- Ask Good Questions
You might feel like asking too many questions makes you look incompetent but trust us. Employers prefer for you to ask questions for clarity, rather than forge ahead without any know-how. While it is true there’s no such thing as a stupid question, do be intentional. Make a list ahead of time of the things you need to know now and what you can ask as time goes on.
- Forge Relationships
We tend to spend considerable amounts of time at work — almost more than at home. At least during the day, a good chunk of your time will be passed with co-workers. So, start building relationships right away. While any good relationship takes time, try finding someone you can connect to that first week. We’re not saying to become best friends right away, but just finding someone who kind of “gets” you will help carry you through those early days.
- Take Initiative
Whether it’s in asking questions, introducing yourself, or being intentional about learning the company’s culture, make sure you take the initiative. Showing initiative helps you take ownership of your part in this new transition and demonstrates your willingness to grow and learn. For sure, this takes courage — but you’ve got this! We believe in you! Also, remember –
- Be kind.
- Be humble.
- Avoid office gossip from the start.
- Don’t demand too much, too soon — earn trust and respect before asking for time off.
- And remember — try to have fun!!
At Hamilton Connections, we believe in strong teams, personal relationships, and intentional growth. If that sounds like something you are looking for, give us a call today! We call ourselves placement professionals. Our goal is matching the right people with the right people, and we can’t wait to match you with your next right fit in your career journey!