Starting a new job—even if you’ve just landed your dream job—can be a source of great anxiety. In fact, the first days on the job can be the most challenging for new hires. It can be overwhelming to set foot into a new office where you have to not only learn the responsibilities of the new position, but also form new relationships with colleagues and impress your new boss. Scott McDowell of 99u.com shares some key tips for success when you start a new job. Here are a couple of tips for starters.
Knowing your role. Now that you’ve got the position, it’s important that you find out where you fit in the organization, but it’s also important that your colleagues know this too. Figure out how your position contributes to the company as a whole and own it. Once you’ve figured that out, let your new colleagues know what you can bring to the table and why you were hired. Make sure your team is aware of your strengths and also be sure to find out what you can learn from your colleagues. At the end of the day, you are all working towards a common organizational goal.
Learning to communicate. You’ll need to learn to communicate with your colleagues and your boss to settle into your new position as quickly as possible. Pay attention to the organizational culture and make a mental note of how people communicate with one another. Find out if your boss likes to be kept in the loop during every step of a new project, and who on your team prefers a need-to-know approach. Establish expectations with your boss as soon as possible to ensure your transition into the company starts off on the right foot.
Read Scott McDowell’s full article at 99u.com.
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