Just as the process of a new job search can be exciting and scary at the same time, actually starting a new job can stir up those same emotions. From the initiative you took in your online and offline networking and applying for job after job, to your dedication spent researching companies and interviewing for potential job opportunities, there’s a reason you were hired. However, just because you got the job doesn’t mean your work is over. You will have to take your victory in the job search process with a grain of salt and hit the ground running. Remember, you can’t just talk about your experience; it is just as important that you can show employers that you’re ready to get the job done and do it well.
The First Impression Matters
If you want to thrive in your new position, you need to always make a positive impression and project positivity and a solid work ethic. Whether you are shaking hands with a colleague you’re meeting for the first time or having lunch with the company CEO, you will always want to ensure you make a solid first impression. Employers often establish first opinions of those they meet by the demeanor or attitude showcased in a face-to-face interview, but they can also establish an impression by watching how you interact with others so keep that in mind as you start meeting new people or working on new teams.
Start From Day One
After completing your entry-level job search and landing the job offer, you will want to be prepared to tackle your first day.
Make certain you understand the specific objectives and expectations of your new role. Speak with your boss about what needs to be done and how he or she likes things done. This is where probably half of new employees fail.
Make certain that you bring job-related skills to the table. In other words, you don’t want to focus on skills that were only applicable to your last job or that won’t help the team. While you were conducting your job search, you likely saw that your new employer was looking for a distinct set of skills and hopefully tried to highlight how you brought those to the table. Keep this in mind as you get going. You may have a tendency to lean on skills you used mainly in your old job as they are familiar and because of this seem to make work easier. Instead, try to develop new skills or lean on the skills you were specifically hired for even if they aren’t your strongest. In the long it will make you more valuable and well rounded.
Keeping this in mind, admit that you don’t know everything. While you may believe this isn’t smart, managers would prefer that you confess that you aren’t sure about something rather than reassure them that you are knowledgeable about something when you are not. Focus on what would it take to add value to the company and the team,. After all, this is one of the reasons you were hired – to add value and bring new perspective to the company.
Remember that quality is better than quantity; this means accuracy is preferred over speed. If you produce work quickly that is full of errors, not only will the work be of little to no good to your boss and the company as a whole, but it doesn’t speak well of you as an employee. As you get the hang of your job, speed will come to you while quality remains.
Always take complete responsibility for your actions, including your decisions – good and bad. These are just a few ways for you to start building your roadmap to success at your new job! Whether you are currently on a new job search or have already landed a new gig, these tips can be applied universally. Last but not least, walk in on your first day showing that you are prepared, enthusiastic, and ready to thrive.