The first 30 days on the job should be your time of adaptation, learning, and settling into the new culture. Use this guide, even if you are starting a new position in the same company. Don’t forget that you always have to continue to make a good impression. So, how can you get through those first 30 days on the job and set a template for yourself going forward?
1. Ask Questions
The fact that you were the standout performer in that role for your previous company or position does not make you the industry expert. You could have years of experience and still know nothing about the specifics of your new position. Likewise, asking questions does not just add to your experience and knowledge base, it also projects a good image that you are eager to understand your new role and perform well.
2. Prepare to Introduce Yourself
In the first 30 days on the job, you will probably be introduced to more people than you will be able to keep track of. Instead of trying to come up with a formula for remembering everyone’s names, come up with a plan to introduce yourself.
First impressions are often lasting impressions.
In the case you are having a little trouble coming up with an elevator pitch, you could use one of our resources on the subject here.
3. Meet with Co-workers
Find a suitable time to meet with your co-workers within the institution. Even if you had been introduced earlier by a manager or supervisor, take time to meet with them one-on-one. You can ask open-ended questions about the inner workings of the company, their roles, and how your role fits in. You will want to learn as much about them as you possibly can. You are all working together towards the common goal. Knowing where everyone fits into the cog that moves the bigger wheel is a step toward helping you make sense of how the company operates.
4. Define your Roles
Your job description is just a brief overview of all that is expected of you. What you will want to do is speak with your manager/ supervisor so that they can explain in details to you what they need you to do at your new job. You should ask them to tell you how your performance would be evaluated.
5. Remain Calm
In all the eagerness and excitement of settling in at your new job, you could work yourself up by taking on too much at one time. Keep in mind that no one wants you to fail at your work, and no one expects you to be Superman either. All they want is to provide you with the tools to be great at your job, and it’s also your job to let someone know what those tools may be. You have already proved that you are qualified for the job.