When starting a new job, you usually feel a perfect mixture of excitement and apprehension. Even if you know some people from the company already, you never truly understand the culture until you're actually in the role and living it day-to-day.
Almost every single time, you'll look at the various applications they use and the processes they follow and think... how will I ever get my head around this? Why is everything so complicated? And then soon enough, you're flicking between screens like it's nobody's business and making suggestions on how to make processes even slicker!
Drawing from my own experiences, I've put together some tips & tricks for having a successful start in a new company or role. After all, you only get one shot at a first impression...
Getting to know the team
This is arguably the most important part of any job. You spend around 80% of your life at work (I know, depressing right), so to get on with the people you work with is literally vital to a happy life. There will, however, always be a few people you don't immediately click with and that's okay, more often than not, you're more similar than you think! In my last two jobs, I've set a goal to know at least 3 things about each team mate by the end of my first two weeks; this means listening intently in those first few conversations or secretly earwigging when they're having a casual chat with someone else on the team. Bringing this up the next time you speak with them will prove you are making a conscious effort to get to know everyone individually and that definitely goes a long way.
Tip: Make sure you get to know the wider team as well as your immediate members; people from different departments that you'll still be working with are just as important. This leads me on nicely to the next point...
Tap into others' wisdom
A good team will be full of people from different backgrounds, different career paths, all possessing different strengths and experiences. Understanding the way your team members work will make for a more successful team as you can learn from each other and help build skills in areas that may not be theirs/your strongest. Being open to learning new things is essential. It's easy and comfortable to stick with what you know but start off small; certain phrases you hear or reactions they have - these can make all the difference.
Listen to their calls, sit in on their meetings, watch how they present, see how they react to challenges and draw what you can to use throughout your work and/or personal life.
Tip: Don't forget your own personal brand. The reason they hired you is because they saw something valuable in you. As great as it is to learn from others, I'm sure they can learn a few things from you too!
Conversations, emails, social events, learning tests; you name it, get involved. Any opportunity you get to understand the business, the product, the team, the market (more than you already do); grab it with both hands and throw yourself into it. Your colleagues are more likely to answer basic, easier questions in the start of your new role journey than they are once you're up and running, so use this to your advantage and ask as much as you can. Consistent enthusiasm can be quite hard to maintain, so if you can adopt this, it will set you apart from the majority.
Tip: Make sure it's organic & keep it up. Don't go too overboard in your probation period and then as soon as you're 90 days are up you basically vanish of the face of the earth and never reply to an email or attend a social event ever again...
I could write so many tips but for me, these have served as the most important and have allowed me to form strong relationships with colleagues and customers throughout my career. Enjoy it, have fun & I'm sure you'll be a great asset to any new team/company.
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