3 Tips for Starting a New Job

3 Tips for Starting a New Job

The job search time has been invested.  The efforts are now paid-in-full. Your first day on the job is scheduled. Sweet victory! Now it’s time to focus on exceeding expectations after you join the company. Here are 3 Tips for starting a new job.

1. Make relationships your number one priority.

The first month in a job is an important time to meet new colleagues, both inside and outside of your team. It’s important to continue cultivating those relationships in the months that follow. 

Do this in ways that feel natural to you. If you’re a fan of formal feedback, schedule in periodic feedback chats with your manager and colleagues. If you’d prefer a more casual approach, put in the effort to organize coffee or drinks with coworkers.

Importantly, be sure these efforts are not just focused on your manager or people above you. While it is important to be on the radar of higher-ups, it’s equally critical that others get fair attention. This includes those you work with and who work under you.

Spending all your effort on people above you can be perceived as sucking up—which means you’ll not only not build relationships with other colleagues, but potentially that they’ll distrust your motives. 

2. Write down your goals, and get feedback on them

Your manager might have a very defined set of goals for you, particularly if you’re in a role like sales which typically has very measurable and predetermined targets. If this isn’t the case, however, it’s important to give yourself some goals to work towards. 

Think about it like this: If you haven’t set yourself a target, how will you be able to measure whether you’ve done a good job after six months?

Putting tangible deliverables on paper—even if they change—is a good way to both stay on track as well as to create evidence for your manager and colleagues that you can deliver. This is no doubt helpful for formal reviews but can be equally as useful as a reflection tool to make sure you’re prioritizing the right things. 

You might write your goals in collaboration with your manager and/or colleagues. If you come up with them on your own, however, be sure to seek feedback from (at least) your manager, as you’re still new to the role and want to be sure you’re focusing on the right things. 

Lastly, remember that goals aren’t useful if you simply write them down and forget about them. Schedule yourself reminders to review your progress, either alone or with others, which can give you a chance to re-adjust if things aren’t going as planned. 

3. Keep an open mind and ask questions

While starting a new job can be daunting. There’s a lot to learn, being new to the company also gives you a fresh perspective—and one that can be invaluable to the rest of the team. Since you’re coming in without preconceptions or biases, you may well identify areas for improvement that others have overlooked. 

It’s therefore important that you ask questions when you don’t understand why things are a certain way. Rather than accepting them at face value. Just because a process, standing meeting or team structure exists in a certain way, that doesn’t mean that it’s a big picture ideal.

As a new hire, you’re in a unique place to be able to identify inefficiencies and broken processes. 

That said, approach areas for improvement with curiosity. There’s no room for judgment since there may well be a reason that something is done a certain way. It’s better to appear curious and learn something new than to assume you know the right answer. And potentially be proven wrong.

We hope these 3 Tips for starting a new job help. This can be a very playful time to relax, be yourself and get to know your new work environment.

If you wanted to take it a step further, check our previous entry on Setting Career Goals. We’ve put together 7 helpful tips here: https://powerwritersusa.com/7-success-tips-to-setting-career-goals/

12 Things Successful People Do In The First Week Of A New Job

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Stepping into a new position can seem intimidating but it doesn’t have to be.  We’ve all been through it but we do know ways to make it easier.  Here is a list of 12 things successful people do in the first week of a new job to make their first impression a good one. 

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Thousands of workers will be heading to a new job this month, excited and nervous to prove they’ve got what it takes.

After the flurry of hiring that typically happens in the first quarter, the fall tends to be the second-biggest hiring period of the year, according to career coach Kathleen Brady, author of “Get a Job!” and the director of career development at Georgian Court University. Employers refocus on their top initiatives and capitalize on any remaining budget for new hires.

For all those newbs hanging their coats on a new office chair, that means it’s time to get to work. “The first three months of any new job are an extension of the interview process,” says Amanda Augustine, career expert at TheLadders, an online job-matching service for professionals. “From the first day, you need to be on your game.”

With a decade of experience advising high-level professionals, Augustine details what the most successful people do that first week in a new job:

1. Be a geek about introducing yourself.

Take the initiative to meet people. Say hello in the elevator, kitchen, or bathroom. It will pay off in the end. “It could be a fast-paced culture, and they don’t have time to come to you,” Augustine says. “Start with the group that’s closest to you, the people you’re directly working with.” It will be in their best interest to get you started on the right foot, because your work will directly affect theirs.

2. Befriend a veteran who can help you navigate politics (and find the pencils).

Learn who the players are, and who’s been at your company awhile, she advises. Find the seasoned veteran who has a good handle on what works and doesn’t and can show you around. “Companies have their own language and inside jokes,” she says. “Look for the one person to help you decode the acronyms and office politics.” Plus, you’ll need someone to go to for the silly things. Asking your boss where to find the pencils is a bit below their pay grade.

3. Set expectations with your boss and employees.

“Get on your boss’s calendar,” Augustine says. Use that initial meeting to establish what they believe success will look like in the first week, month, and three months. At the same time, if you’re in a managerial position, it’s important to begin setting expectations with your direct reports. From communication style to office hours, that first week sets the tone.

4. Analyze the makeup of your new team.

Pay attention to the subtle cues you receive from those in your group. Chances are, there may be one or more people who were vying for your role — so watch your back, Augustine warns. Look for opportunities to befriend and leverage the talents of your new colleagues to avoid any resentment from building up.

5. Figure out the coffee situation. 

Learning where the coffee is will always be a good strategy for success. It’s also important to figure out the unwritten rules of the office that, if violated, make people go ballistic. Who washes the dishes? Which shelves are communal? “In our office, there are several refrigerators, and people get upset if you use the wrong one,” she says. “Be a sponge, and watch how people are doing things. There’s nothing wrong with asking how to use the coffeemaker.”

6. Start demonstrating and documenting what you sold the company on. 

“Whatever you sold them on in the interview, make it your mission to demonstrate that you’re going to do it,” Augustine recommends. If you said you were a social media whiz or good with numbers, immediately start revamping the social accounts or making sense of the company’s analytics. And start a brag sheet. Keep track of all your accomplishments, major contributions, and when you get positive feedback. You want to get in the habit early and have the information at the ready for future performance reviews and salary negotiations.

7. Ask tons of questions to learn the ropes.

Soak in as much as possible in that first week. If you plan on making any big changes, you need to first understand how things are usually done, and you need to earn the team’s trust. “Win them over by taking the time in the beginning to learn how things are done and why, so when you want to make changes, you can build a strong argument that your team will support,” she advises.

8. Get organized to set good habits.

Especially because a lot of new information is coming your way, setting good habits and being organized from the start will make your life easier down the line. It’s also a good time to improve your bad habits. “It’s a great opportunity to overcome any challenges or weaknesses from your past,” Augustine says. If you’ve struggled with time management, for example, use that first week to map out how you’ll spend each day and begin putting it into practice.

9. Show your face as much as possible.

Sit in on as many meetings as you can, she suggests, and don’t be afraid to speak up. Not only will you get a feel for what and who’s important in the company, but others will start to get used to seeing you around. Establish yourself in your expert area, and they’ll know whom to come to in the future. Make sure you’re visible in your new role.

10. Reinforce your new connections on social media. 

Once you’re officially on the job, it’s important to update your title across your own social media platforms and also start following your new company and colleagues. As you meet new people, cement the relationships by finding them on Twitter or LinkedIn. Augustine suggests identifying the platform that makes the most sense. Facebook, for instance, is viewed by many as personal, so use discretion.

11. Reconnect with former colleagues.

Perhaps counterintuitively, she says the first week of a new job is the perfect time to reach out to colleagues from your previous jobs. “Go back and reconnect with people at your old company, and ask for LinkedIn recommendations,” she suggests. The best time to get referrals is when you’re not looking for a new job, she says.

12. Find your go-to pharmacy and take-out lunch spot. 

Learn your new neighborhood. Do you know where the nearest CVS is? What about where to get a sandwich, take people for coffee, or have a nice business lunch? “Logistically, you need to know where to go get a Band-Aid when you need one,” Augustine says.


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6 Tips for Making a Great Impression at Your New Job

Good Impression

I think it is easy to say that we all want to make a good impression and get off on the right foot with our new coworkers and boss as we step into our new job.  This can be intimidating at first; you likely know nobody expect who interviewed you, your surroundings are new and will probably have to ask the embarrassing question of ‘where’s the bathroom?’, company policies are new as are established business connections.  This below will help you make a good impression at your new job and will get you started in the right direction.  Best of luck!


Plan for Success

You will likely have researched the company that hired you during the interview process and you probably have a good idea of how you would like your career growth path to continue.  Combine both of these elements into a plan for success.  I recommend a short term plan and a long term plan.  Your short term plan may be 30, 60, or 90 days depending on what it is you do but the point will be for you to take time to think and write out what you want to accomplish within the company and being sure to include personal goals.  For example your plan may include learning 15 people’s names and pitching 5 new sales ideas for consideration.  Make a long term plan to map out where you want to be in the next 1, 2, or 5 years and keep it handy as a refresher.


Learn Names

Learning your coworker’s names and using them frequently will show people you respect them and are making efforts to establish a connection.  Studies show that if you use a person’s name several times within the first 1-2 conversations that your retention of their name will be much greater.  I also recommend that you write down their name after your first conversation along with highlights and important details of the conversation.  This can be things like whether they’re married, if they’d been on vacation recently and where they went, what their interests are, and also what their job role entails.


Don’t Rock the Boat

It can be easy for people starting a new position to be overly ambitious as a way to impress their coworkers and boss but keep yourself in check.  Facetime with your boss may help you better gauge what exactly is expected of you.  I encourage asking a lot of questions and engaging in regular dialogue with your boss to get as much feedback as possible.  Look towards your coworkers too.  Some may be more helpful than others and provide you some insight.  Ask them about what’s made them successful and what they like about the job and the company they work for.  If you are trying to make a good impression it will be important to refrain from making your coworkers look bad by too strongly asserting your own efforts.  Save it for later!



People who smile regularly are typically easier to approach and provide reassurance that a situation is a positive one.  Keeping a smile on your face, even when you are having a rough day or are feeling overwhelmed with your new responsibilities is important.  It reflect well on your demeanor and send a message to your boss and coworkers that you are strong.


Do Your Homework

You will be bombarded with loads of information when stepping into a new role.  Write it all down and review it at home to help you better retain what you’ve learned.  Do it when you first get home so it is fresh in your mind and then make sure to budget 5-10 minutes in your morning routine to scan through your notes to get your head in the game for the day.


Make Friends

You won’t get along with everyone you meet or work with but to make strong efforts to establish genuine friendships with some of your coworkers.  Meeting for breakfast before work, or grabbing a coffee together at a break can be a good way to make connections.  Don’t be shy!


Keep positive and remember this list and you will make a great first impression. You will make mistakes, everyone does, and you will have successes.  You are going to do great at your new job! 

This article was written by Scott Nichols, CPRW, a contributor to Power Writers USA


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