31 July 2017 · by Eva Koukouraki How to Settle into a New Job
You’ve made it!
After months of looking for that dream job, you’ve finally found it. It’s challenging, it’s rewarding, there’s plenty of training, the office is nice and it’s close to home. It quite literally ticks every single box – perfection!
As the days draw closer and the reality of what you’ve done dawns on you, you start feeling the pressure. What if you don’t settle in quickly enough... or at all, for that matter - says that little voice in your head.
Worry not! Even the most experienced professionals feel the pressure of settling into a new role quickly. Making a good first impression might have you tied up in knots but willingness, preparation and an open mind will see you through this potentially tough time.
Whether you’re a people person or not, this useful guide will help you successfully settle into your new job!
- Be positively positive
Every transition comes with its challenges but remaining positive and optimistic is key to success. You might feel like you are ready to grab the bull by the horns and show everyone you mean business but sometimes things don’t work out exactly as planned. If this happens, don’t lose heart – it’s just another bump in the road. By communicating your enthusiasm, eagerness and determination you are bound to create a positive first impression which inspires empathy.
- Build lasting relationships with colleagues
Let’s face it, you spend most of your waking hours at work so the quicker you manage to build friendly, professional relationships the better. Enjoying a bit of banter at the office not only helps you settle into the job quicker but also address your social needsmaking work more enjoyable overall. A good way to build rapport is finding things you have in common with your colleagues; don’t be disingenuous and tell any porkies to fit in, though - people will see through it.
- Observe your surroundings
One of the most underrated skills is active listening also known as being attentive, observant or quite simply, switched-on! Asking questions, when you are new, comes with the territory but asking the same question over and over again can come across as though you’re not paying attention. Avoid that by being alert and paying attention during your training. Make mental notes or go old-school and write things down; this way you will have a point of reference, other than your line manager, you can go back to when at loss. That isn’t to say that you can’t ask questions; nobody expects you know everything; however, asking new questions each time will help you learn quicker, contribute faster and eventually settle into your new role quickly.
- Chip in if you can
Whether the company culture dictates it or not, everyone appreciates a little bit of help every now and then! If you can and you’ve got the time, offer your assistance readily and freely. Your new colleagues might not be entirely aware of your skillset… by actively listening and being observant you can spot opportunities to assist the team and show your worth. If you’re temping, showing willingness in this way could help you secure a permanent position if your contribution has a positive impact.
- Embrace the company culture
A company is so much more than just its products or services… Nowadays, companies are living breathing organisms with their own sets of values, ideals and aspirations. Simply doing your job doesn’t cut the mustard anymore with the majority of companies expecting you to embody their values and mission through your contributions. You should have come across these in preparation for your interview, one would hope, however, an insider’s perspective is always going to be different; settling into a new role, means understanding and living by the values your company stands for.
- Set measurable goals
When you’re starting out, the scope of your role will not always be entirely clear. To help you and your line manager assess your performance and tailor your training needs, you should try and set a series of measurable targets or goals and the timeframe in which you would like to achieve them. This way you can easily revisit where you started off, where you are and where you are heading. Setting targets is important at every stage of your career as they will help you maintain your motivation and climb the career ladder quicker.
Each company is different but these tips will certainly get you into your bosses’ good books from the get go. At the end of the day, it all boils down to you being a helpful, positive and professional individual who is genuinely happy to be part of the team.