The First Things To Do On A New Job
So, you quit your old job and next week you’re starting at the new place. You’re probably full of energy and enthusiasm, ready to go in there and show them that hiring you was the best thing they ever did. Right? Good for you. But there are some things, some small things that you’d be smart to do in these first few days, to get a feel of the place and become a member of the team.
To begin with, get a feel of the place literally. Though you may be chewing at your reins to get your hands on some actual work, you’ll probably be given a tour around the office, so don’t be impatient and try to remember as much as possible of what your guide is telling you. And, of course, in these first days you’ll be asking a lot of questions and that’s perfectly okay. In fact, it’s important not to stop yourself from asking them, lest you should seem stupid. Everyone knows that it’s a new place and a new job for you and in all likelihood they will be ready to help you get used to everything quickly. Common sense will tell you there’s no need to drown everyone in questions. First think if you can find something out on your own and only ask for help if you can’t. And be careful who you ask. Your manager is perhaps not the best person to ask about where the nearest place to have lunch is, unless, of course, s/he is of the very friendly sort and has expressly said s/he is open to any questions. It would be good for you to study your manager in these first days, by the way, watch their behavior and their style of communication with other team members. Being observant will help you fit in faster and will tell you things like when it is most suitable to approach the manager with a problem or an idea.
That said, get your hands on some real work. The interview is over and it’s now time to start proving that hiring you was really the best thing this company could do. But be careful not to bite off a bigger piece than you can swallow — focus on the assignments you’ve been given and don’t start asking for more work immediately, just to show how eager you are. You can do this by offering to help your coworkers, if they need help, even with something small. This will demonstrate your engagement and it will also help you get to know the people you will be working with, something that is equally important to getting the work done. Don’t shun contact with other people just to show how concentrated you are on working. On the contrary, getting to know your immediate coworkers is part of familiarizing yourself with the corporate culture at the new place. Watch how people talk to each other and talk to them yourself, to get an idea about how communication goes in this company, if a formal style is preferred to informal or vice versa.
Small as these things may seem, they are essential for a smooth transition to a new career in a new setting. Paying attention to them will make it easier to start feeling comfortable sooner rather than later and, ultimately, it will make you more productive as you start feeling like a full member of your new team, familiar with coworkers and your boss, and not wasting time to wonder where to get lunch every day.