The Devil is in the Details: 7 Essentials for Starting a New Job Right

The first 30 days at a new job is one of the most important periods of your employment with a company. You need to make sure you are taking extra steps to provide high-quality work and make a solid impression. Neglecting a few simple things during the first few weeks on the job can leave your employer wondering if they chose the right candidate.

Here are seven essentials for starting a new job right.

1. Pay attention to the company culture.

You want to be an individual but you also need to understand how other people communicate and operate within the company. Pay attention to the organizational structure and how people treat each other, who stands out as a leader, and who is perceived as a poor performer. Associating with the right people matters — especially during your first few months on the job.

2. Reach out and introduce yourself.

Not every employee is going to reach out to you with a warm welcome or even take that time to know what department you are working in now. Make the effort to introduce yourself briefly to everybody you come into contact with and leave a good impression.

3. Don’t assume anything.

Every company has different rules and processes on how to accomplish various tasks and you can’t assume that what worked at your old company will also work here. Be confident and ask lots of questions — even if you sound like you don’t know much — so you have a clear understanding of expectations and existing processes.

4. Be proactive with management.

No matter how well you get along with management, you need to remember that they are managing many other people and may not always prioritize your tasks or needs. Be proactive and schedule regular meetings with your manager and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

5. Work to build credibility.

It will take some time for you to fully understand the company culture, corporate goals and various relationships within the company. Focus on building a track record of great work so you can build credibility to move your career forward.

6. Don’t be a hero.

While it may be tempting to jump in and help out on a project that isn’t assigned to you because you know what to do or attempt to fix things that you think need to be fixed, avoid trying to play hero. You’ll want to establish a good track record and understand the company culture before doing anything too risky.

7. Be patient.

Whether you’re learning new skills or transferring to a new department, there will be a learning curve you need to get through — no matter how talented you are. Be patient with yourself and others so you can come out ahead.


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