Finally it has happened. The moment you were nervous about, the moment you even dreaded. You took the offer from the new company and are starting at your New Job !
The excitement, anticipation and naturally fears start to set in. What if’s, start to roll on like the fire work on the 4th of July.
Here are a few tips that I came across in my career which might make the transition more successful and palpable.
1- Prioritize !
You are expected to learn a lot of things from the culture to the actual tasks very quickly. That is a lot of information in a very short span of time.
The best way to deal with it is to prioritize the most important things first.
2- Find a Buddy.
While many organizations have a orientation or on boarding process where a buddy is allocated. Many still don’t have a formal process for this. Find someone ( preferably not your new manager 😉 ) who can give you a quick “to do”.
RULE: Don’t be afraid to ask questions!
3- Understand what is expected of you.
You cannot deliver – if you do not know what is expected of you.
Priority should be identify expectation and take up short term quickly deliverables first and make you mark !
4- Cut your losses !
If something is not working out, ditch it !
Of course I am not asking you to quit. Remember you are new, however if you think you have taken on more than you can handle – discuss with you boss and take on something more do able.
5- Get to know the new company ( Culture and coworkers)
You are at a new place – Accept it.
Acclimatize and adjust by understanding that things will be different here and so will the people.
6- Do not forget your former colleagues.
Remember they know you and at a time when motivation can be at a premium – they will come in handy to remind you of you strengths to give you the extra boost you need to succeed !
All work and no play – remember this?
You are in a higher stress zone than normal and you need your full strength. Rest and give yourself time a space to relax.
I hope I have been able to suggest some ways to make your transition more hospitable.
Best of luck and wishes for your new role !