Starting a new job can be tough. I recently started a new job and some of the basic advice I learned years ago still applied. I figured I'd share the information living in my head, and also all over the internet:
Your first day
- Wake up early and have a great breakfast, and dress for success!
- Arrive 10 minutes early, but no earlier than 20 minutes – play it cool
- Give yourself some time to get settled
- Take notes, say hello and smile!
- Learn your co-workers names quickly
- Ask questions and ask for help
- Don’t be the first person to ask about lunch – see what everyone else does. Take the opportunity to go to lunch with your boss and co-workers
- If you’re asked out after work, try to say yes – you may be tired but it’ll be worth it in the long run
- Update your LinkedIn and other Social Media, and connect with your new colleagues
Your first 90 days
- Learn about your boss – how does she like to assign work? What’s her communication style (email, in person, phone)? What does she expect from you in the first 30-60-90 days?
- Start showing the rest of the company why you got hired
- Balance relationships and results – you want to make friends, make sure you establish yourself as a reliable team player who delivers results
- Keep the past in the past – don’t reference your old job too much, it will get old fast
- Avoid office politics and gossip
- You have two ears and one mouth for a reason – listen more than you talk
- Stay organized and set goals for your first 30-60-90 days
- Find your go-to convenience store and lunch spot – just in case!
- Exercise! Not just in the first 30-60-90 days, but well into your career. You’ll be fresh, more alert, less stressed and happier. Take care of yourself first!
But make sure you don't...
- Ignore the culture – come in early and stay a little late just to observe how people behave. When do they get coffee? What time is lunch? How do they wrap up their day?
- Act arrogant – take time to understand the company and how things work
- Hide out – Take time to network with your new co-workers, what do they do outside of work?
- Rock the boat – get buy-in from others before you implement changes, and make sure you fully understand the current processes and procedures before suggesting your changes