Whether you are entering the workforce for the first time or transitioning to a different role or career, starting a new job can be both exciting and daunting. Ensuring that you make a strong first impression takes more than just skill and mental preparedness. Consider the following strategies to start.
- Define your goals and expectations: Discuss what’s expected of you and how your performance will be measured with your manager off the bat — it will show that you’re not only invested in the organization, it will also highlight your enthusiasm and initiative to contribute towards its goals.
- Invest in building relationships: Take time not only to meet your immediate colleagues but with staff at all levels of the organization. Building connections early on can lead to great work alliances, friendships/support networks, and even formal and informal mentorships, which can be crucial for advancement in your career.
- Watch and learn: Observe your surroundings and the general office culture, including how people interact with one another and get things done. These insights can help you understand unwritten rules and expectations of the workplace, as well as factors that are critical to success in the organization.
For more tips, take a look at these insights from Michael Watkins, author of The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter.