The DOs and DON’Ts of starting a new job

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So you’ve happily secured a new job and have victoriously made it through the first day. While you might breathe a sigh of relief at this stage, you’re mistaken if you think it’s all done and dusted.

Starting a new job doesn’t just mean making it through the first day, week, or even month; it’s about successfully integrating into the new company and becoming comfortable in your new role.

As the newbie, you’ll continually be learning about the job, how the company is run, and the part you play within your team. To ensure your integration into the business goes smoothly, here are some of the top DOs and DON’Ts to be aware of.

DO:

Know your team
Having the support of the people you work with will help you grasp the ins and outs of your role, saving you hours of trial and error. Take advantage of opportunities to socialise and build relationships.

Ask for direction
When it comes to doing the job well, there’s no substitute for clear, straightforward direction. Ask your boss to define what success looks like in your role and don’t be afraid to keep demanding feedback.

Stay curious
It may be all you can do to get to grips with the job in front of you; however, the quicker you understand your wider organisation, its culture and its clients, the quicker you’ll really add value.

DON’T:

Stop trying to impress
Having gotten the job, this is no time to rest on your laurels. With a whole team or office to impress the scrutiny is only likely to get more intense, so make sure to keep delivering your ‘A’ game.

Forget the ‘why’
Doing everything that’s asked of you may seem challenging enough for now, but try and understand the ‘why’ behind tasks as well as the ‘how’. Knowing the end purpose of the service you’re providing will help you to perform it better.

Get ahead of yourself
It takes time to build respect and credibility in any role; what may seem a great new way of doing things could be perceived as criticism or even arrogance. Wait a while before challenging the status quo.

While transitioning to a new role can be daunting, it’s worth remembering everybody was in the same boat at some point in their lives. Trust in managers and colleagues and you’ll generally find people are only too willing to help and make life easier for you in the early stages.

Source: HN Global