You’ve worked so hard to get to where you are now. Finally — you get to step into a new role you’re born to do. You couldn’t be more excited now that you’ve reached your career goals!
But even though this is a new beginning doesn’t mean there won’t be some adjustments. You still have the training to do and people to meet. Adjusting to your company’s work culture won’t happen overnight.
If it’s important to you to hit the ground running, I have some suggestions for you in this article! Here are nine quick tips on how to have a smooth transition to your exciting new job!
1. Say Thanks!
If you haven’t done so already, send out a quick email or letter thanking your new employer for hiring you. They took a lot of time to comb through countless resumes and impressive cover letters. Thankfully, it was you they chose to hire!
Even though you’re confident that you’re the person for the job, don’t take that lightly. Saying thank you is vital to starting your career on a positive note.
2. Do a Location Test Run
You likely know where to go for your new job. But if the interviews took place in a different building or office, you should do a test run before your first day.
Hop in the car and turn on your GPS. If you’re unsure where to park or want to scope out a better parking spot, that’d be helpful.
And, more importantly, make sure you know where the correct office is! It’d be embarrassing if you showed up to work late on your first day!
3. Dress to Impress
Be sure to find out the dress code before showing up for your first day. You don’t want to arrive in jeans and a tee-shirt unless office attire is casual. If you’re uncertain, reach out to human resources. That way, you’ll arrive wearing the appropriate work clothing.
Beyond your first day, you may also want to ask if there are special days where work attire may change. Stay prepared so you won’t stick out like a sore thumb!
4. Introduce Yourself
It’s unlikely you met everyone during your last interview, so you go out on a limb and introduce yourself. Don’t assume that seasoned employees are going to chat with you first. Be confident by introducing yourself so that your colleagues can put a face with your name.
5. Take Notes
Even if you think you may have a good understanding of your tasks, there’s always more to learn. While a manager trains you, pay close attention, and if you’re able to, take notes! If there’s a new process or system, you’re coming up to speed on, having notes to reference could help tremendously.
6. Get a Routine Going
Like with all adjustments, it takes a while to get acclimated and find your footing. Don’t expect to create a solid routine overnight. It may take several months before you establish a way that works best for you.
The more regular your routine becomes, the more productive you will be. So work hard to establish and create excellent habits. It’ll result in your being more effective and efficient with your time.
7. Get Enough Rest
Settling into your new role will go more smoothly if you’re getting enough rest. Take care to hit the hay at a particular hour each night so you can stay on the top of your game.
If you arrive at work needing a bunch of caffeine to function, that’s a good indication you’re not getting enough rest. Rigorously stick to a bedtime schedule so that you’ll arrive at work ready to impress your employer.
8. Build Relationships
After you’ve gotten to know your co-workers, keep your ears open about after-hours events. Building relationships with people in your company is essential. You’re more likely to get to know people during after-hours events, so make an effort to attend them!
9. Stay Positive
Even though you’re doing what you love, there will still be some hiccups along the way. Stay positive through it all, and you’ll grow and shine as an individual. You should also be on the lookout for ways to pitch in when needed. That also may include resolving any conflict that may come your way. Being positive, no matter the circumstances, will confirm that you’re the right person for the job.
As you continue to evolve in your new position, be open to growth. Sometimes, after a while, employees stagnate in their development. Don’t let that be you!
Keep pressing forward and maintain the same positive mindset. By having that level of tenacity, who knows what the future will bring!