New Year, New Job!

New Year, New Job!

If you’re lucky enough to start the new year, congratulations! Even if you’re still in the hunt, there are several things you can do to make a successful transition to your new job:

  • Recognize that it’s ok to be nervous. Even the most confident among us may feel nervous (and excited) about starting a new position. To calm your fears, do as much upfront planning as possible. Research the organization, its culture, and its goals. Yes, you did some of this (at least I hope you did!) in preparing for your interview. But you’re in a different position now.
  • Build a relationship with your new boss—and your colleagues. Be pleasant to everyone you meet. And go out of your way to meet people outside of your individual team. Don’t participate in gossip and don’t badmouth other team members or your prior employer.
  • Clarify expectations: Get a copy of your job description so you have a clear understanding of what is expected. Meet with your boss to discuss performance requirements and any associated metrics. Determine what training you may receive and when. Understand how people communicate (email? Text? Phone?) and the proper dress code. Ask what success looks like, how often you will be evaluated, and whether there are regular “check ins” with your supervisor and/or team members.
  • Listen more than you talk. Actively listen to your supervisor and your teammates. Try to understand organizational priorities, processes, and norms.
  • Ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about anything you do not understand. Asking questions demonstrates that you are eager to learn and want to become part of the team. You can also ask about opportunities to get involved and contribute to the team.
  • Be sure to balance your new position with your personal life. It’s understandable that you want to make an immediate difference to your new employer but you need to do so without burning yourself out. You are in this for the long term!

Getting a new job is exciting and with a bit of planning and pacing yourself, you’ll be able to stay enthusiastic, engaged, and open to the future possibilities!

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