It can be awkward to start a new job, no matter what position you are entering into, or how old you are. Everyone has many of the same insecurities, whether this is your first job or your tenth. But there are a few ways to make the transition easier for everyone involved- follow these tips and you will be part of the team before you know it!
- Introduce yourself. Even if everyone in the office is busy, try your best to introduce yourself to everyone! Although you may be shy, not putting yourself out there can unfortunately make you appear unfriendly. Step out of your comfort zone and make your presence known, but don’t overstep your boundaries too quickly either, no one likes someone who comes in and tries to take over and change everything in the first week.
- Ask questions and take notes. Don’t be afraid to ask questions- you’re new and can’t be expected to know everything. But also take notes on all of the information that your boss is telling you, as it will probably be more then you can retain by just listening. Of course the best way to learn your position is on the job training, but it never hurts to show that you are eager and focused on learning your new responsibilities.
- Learn the Company Culture. Enter into a new position by dressing professionally and of course, acting professionally, but also pay close attention to the other people working at the company- how do they dress, how do they interact? Once you get a feel for the company culture you will be able to adjust to what is expected of you. This will allow you to make more of a seamless transition without sticking out too much as the new kid on the block.
- Build Relationships and Socialize. When coworkers invite you to lunch, dinner, or an event, you should accept the invite. If no one feels that you are invested in the company you will certainly not make a good first impression. Showing that you are interested and involved in the position as well as the people around you is a must. You also want to be sure to get to know your coworkers, and many times that requires interactions outside the office.
Do you have any tips for transitioning into a new position? Let us know!