I just recently got a new job. I stayed with the same company but moved over to a new role with more responsibilities and pay. It was time for me to move on to grow my skills, experience, and relationships. To be honest, I was getting bored at my old job and felt that I was stagnant. Even though my old job paid the bills and had me clocking out early every day, I didn’t feel passionate and energetic. I wanted something that would challenge me and push me to be better at my craft. Therefore, I reached out to a contact that I had interviewed with in the past and asked if there were any available positions. Coincidentally, he just happened to be hiring and made the process very easy for me.
I have jumped into new roles and positions several times in my career. Each time, I learned something new. I’ve learned how to transition into a new role more smoothly and what things to avoid. I’ve learned how to better gain the trust and respect of my new coworkers. After all, your first impressions are extremely important and difficult to change. Therefore, you want to make a positive first impression. Here is some advice I have learned over the years.
Since you are starting as a new person, you probably will need to learn new processes and tools. If you don’t ask questions, how will you learn? If you have a lot of questions, I recommend making a list and asking all those questions at once so you are efficient with asking questions. Thankfully, they’ll be expecting that you ask questions since it is natural for the new person.
Be Genuine and Sincere
Have genuine conversations with your new boss and coworkers. You want to start off with them on the right foot. If you can connect with them on a personal level (just don’t bring any topics that are not work appropriate), you’ll be able to work together better. They’ll trust you more and actually enjoy working with you.
Put in Extra Time to Learn
You want to learn and master everything as quickly as possible. You want to be able to both see the big picture and master the minor details. Therefore, you’ll probably need to put in extra time to learn everything. You’ll need to Google terms you don’t understand, tinker around in unfamiliar files, and study resources that are provided to you. Make sure to double and triple check your work.
Learn About Your Manager
Every manager has a different working style. Some are very laid back whereas others want things done in a very particular way. When you get the chance, ask your co workers what your manager expects. You want to be able to adapt your own working style to your manager.
Start with an Open Mind
Every place does work differently. When you first enter a new place, you want to get a feel for how people work, their ideas, and their beliefs without judging. If you come in new and are unwilling to be flexible, you will run into a lot of friction, especially as the new person. You want to come in with an open mind which will help speed up your learning process.
Gradually Provide Recommendations
Providing recommendations to your new coworkers and boss is a balancing act. On one hand, you don’t want to come across as a know-it-all. You don’t want to undermine all the experience and work other people have put in. On the other hand, you want to show that you are capable and can improve upon what is already there. Therefore, I recommend making gradual recommendations and input. Start with the recommendations that would give you the most bang for your buck without stepping on any toes.
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