Although starting a new job is often an exciting prospect, it can also be daunting due to the nature of what starting a new job entails. Starting a new job often involves meeting new people, learning new tasks and more often than not going outside of your comfort zone. There are however numerous things that you can do to ensure that starting your new job goes as smoothly as possible.
Meeting The Team
When starting a new job, more often than not there will be existing employees at the company you are being placed in. When meeting new colleagues, many people are nervous and find the prospect daunting. To make meeting the existing team easier, it is recommended that you are enthusiastic and open with your new colleagues so that they are in return more open and welcoming to you. In addition, it is recommended that you find out who you will be working with and become familiar with those employees you will engage with, you may be able to do this on the job while working with them or through casual conversation at break times and other available opportunities.
Common small talk that you might engage existing employees with might include asking them about previous jobs and how long they have been with the company for as well as how they enjoy their job and the tasks that they are responsible for. It is also recommended that if employees invite you to any social events that you accept and make an effort to get to know them in a social setting.
Knowing Your Responsibilities
When going into a new job you will be given responsibilities that you are expected to carry out as part of your duties. When getting to know your responsibilities, it is recommended that you know your limitations and have an idea of what to expect so that you can keep up with the initial learning curve involved with the job and fit into the new role as soon as possible.
The Probation Period
Although the probation period can vary depending on the employer, it is often used to help you fit in with your new job and more often than not will provide additional training while at the same time ensuring both yourself and the employer think you’re suitable for the job.
Overall, when starting a new job it is recommended that in addition to the three areas mentioned above that you are yourself and ensure that not only you’re right for your new position but your new position is right for you.