10 tips for making the most of your first 30 days in a new job
You’ve just landed a new job and you’re excited to start. The company is well established, the role is a step up from your previous one, and the career prospects are excellent. So it’s only logical you want to make a great impression and transition into this new role as smoothly as possible. The following 10 tips will help you make the most of your first 30 days in a new job.
- Prepare an elevator pitch. The first days at a new job are all about networking. You’ll be introduced to team members, colleagues, and higher-ups. Business Insider advises that it’s highly likely that people will want to strike up a conversation, so be prepared to speak about your work history and your motivation for joining this company. Keep your elevator pitch short and to-the-point, and, in order to appear positive and enthusiastic, omit any negativity about previous employers or colleagues.
- Look and dress the part. During the interview process, you’ll have gained an impression of the company’s dress code. Make sure to dress appropriately at all times, not just on the first day. If you’re not sure about the dress code, err on the side of conservative, then ask your manager to clarify it when the opportunity presents itself. Most companies expect their employees to dress professionally, and it would be a pity to compromise a good job because you misinterpreted “business-casual.”
- Actively participate in the on-boarding process. Many organizations have an on-boarding process that lasts anywhere from a day to a month. This is your opportunity to learn about the company and your new job, so make the most of it. If something’s not clear or you’d like to know more, ask. Even if you’re shy or worried about asking too many questions, it’s usually better to clarify matters up front than to find yourself struggling to get answers later, when everybody expects you to be settled in.
- Learn your coworkers’ names and job titles. Though nobody will expect you to know all your colleagues’ names by the end of the first day, you need to know them as soon as possible. If you have trouble remembering names, make a cheat sheet with people’s names, job titles, and some quick notes that help you remember who they are.
- Learn the lines of authority. Though the lines of authority are often quite straightforward, there may be instances in which other stakeholders are invested in your team’s work. Observe and listen, and make a mental note of who answers to whom.
- Determine your professional responsibilities. Even if the majority of your professional duties were listed on the job posting, there are likely to be a number of responsibilities you’re expected to know about. During your first week, ask your manager to go over a list of your responsibilities with you so you know exactly what’s expected of you.
- Be realistic. It might be tempting to try and hit the ground running, but it’s advisable to slow down during your first month. You still need to learn how things are done and what exactly your responsibilities are. Forbes advises being realistic about what you can deliver and setting lenient deadlines that allow for a learning curve.
- Integrate into the company culture. Every company has its own ways of doing things, and in order to fit in, you need to play by the rules. Observe how people communicate and what processes are used; then adapt your own behavior accordingly.
- Socialize with your coworkers. Socializing with your coworkers can be a fun way to acclimatize to your new company. Have lunch with your colleagues, strike up conversations, and make sure you’re accessible—so long as it doesn’t interfere with your work.
- Avoid gossip. It should go without saying that you don’t want to get caught up in office politics. If anybody tries to engage you a non-professional conversation about somebody else, avoid the conversation by saying something like, “I’m really not in the position to comment on that,” and change the subject.
With enthusiasm for your new job and the above tips in mind, the first 30 days with your new company will not only fly by, they can also serve as a firm foundation upon which you can build the next level of your career.
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