We’ve shared tips before on how to make the most of your first 100 days at work. And while it’s always great to think about your long-term projects and goals, what should you keep in mind as a new employee during the first few days or weeks?
On US News, Alison Green shares nine ways to transition into a new job. Here are a few that stand out:
Talk to your new boss about your goals for your first month and first six months. Unless you talk about this explicitly, you won’t know what a successful first month or six months would look like – and you shouldn’t guess. After talking it through, you might discover that while you’d assumed you’d need to become an expert on all your accounts in the next two months, your manager only expects you to gain basic familiarity with them and start working on a fraction of them. Or the reverse could be true, which would also be crucial to know.
Don’t be afraid to ask for the help you need. Some managers are better at training people than others. If yours isn’t thorough, don’t be shy about asking for what you need. It’s OK to ask things like: “What can I read to get a better understanding of ___?” Or, “Are there samples of how this has been done in the past that I can look at?”
Pay attention to the culture. Observe how others in your new office act and you’ll absorb a ton of information about cultural expectations. Are people compulsively on time for meetings? Do they take a real lunch break or eat at their desks? What hours do most people work? Is there a lot of socializing during the day, or do people stay focused on their work? Do people primarily use email to communicate or meet in person? While you don’t need to become someone you’re not, you do want to try to fit in with the way people generally do things in your new office, or you can come across as tone-deaf.
Read the rest of her advice on US News.
What’s helped you succeed while transitioning into a new job? Do you have any additional advice to share?