Steps to Take During The First Month In Your New Role
- March 5, 2023
The truth is that the interview process lasts a lot longer than you might think…
According to a survey shared in Entrepreneur, approximately 46% of workers plan on finding a new position in 2023. And, despite the uncertain economic climate, those considering a move are just as confident in their job prospects as they were six months ago.
If you’re one of the many likely to take the next step in your career path this year, it’s important to think carefully about how you will make the right impression from day one – after all, getting through the interview process and being offered a role is very much stage one. And whilst there is (rightly) much cause for celebration, even after a hiring manager has offered you a role in their business, it is still crucial that you validate their decision that they made the right choice in hiring you.
The first 30 days in a new role can be both nerve-wracking and exciting in equal parts. There are new processes and technologies to get used to, new people to meet, and new expectations to live up to. Plus, this first month will likely form part of a formal probation period where your employer (and you) will be assessing suitability and ‘fit’ as a new employee.
Knowing how to orient yourself in the first month in your new position not only improves your chances of impressing your boss, but it could also mean you start experiencing the full benefits of your new job much faster.
Step 1: Form Crucial Connections
Internal networking is one of the most important things you can do during the first few weeks in a new role. Getting to know the people you work with will improve your experience with your new employer and make you feel more comfortable in your position.
Communicating with others is also a great way to capture the attention of your managers and senior leaders. During your first couple of weeks with a new company, find out who you will be working with regularly, and commit some time to get to know each colleague.
It’s also worth finding out who you should be approaching if you have questions or concerns about your role. Discover when your contacts are most likely to be available, and determine how they prefer to communicate (E.g. in person, email, chat, or video).
For individuals who are working remotely, technology has advanced at lightening speed over the last few years – so there is no excuse to not reach out and get to know your team members, albeit virtually.
Step 2: Learn as Much as You Can
Even new starters who bring with them lots of previous experience, there will still be a lot of learning to do in the first month with a new employer. You’ll need to become familiar with the internal processes you’re expected to follow, the policies you must adhere to, and the general workflow of the people around you.
Focus on expanding your knowledge in areas relevant to your role. For instance, asking for more information about the clients your company serves or how your team manages projects and deadlines might be beneficial. Read up on the documentation given to you during your onboarding session, and consider asking for extra training if necessary.
It’s also worth paying attention to your surroundings, so you can learn how to embed yourself into the company culture. Consider the company’s values and how you can showcase them in your work. Ask yourself how people communicate and collaborate so you know what to expect when connecting with others.
Step 3: Confirm Expectations
Hopefully, during the hiring and onboarding process, your new employer will have given you some insights into what kind of work will be expected of you and how that work will be assessed. However, it may be helpful to confirm the expectations of your manager or supervisor with them.
Arrange for a one-on-one meeting with your manager if this has not been covered during the onboarding process, where you can discuss exactly what your leaders will be looking for when evaluating your work. Make a list of key performance metrics your business will monitor when assessing you.
It might be helpful to arrange additional meetings with your manager, bi-weekly or monthly, during the first stages of starting your new role. This will allow you to collect feedback and ensure you’re adhering to the expectations set for you. Many businesses will have a formal performance review system in place, particularly for new starters – but if not, do ask for regular feedback. You don’t want to get to your probation review in 3 or 6 months time and learn things aren’t going as planned….especially when it will be too late to do anything about it.
Step 4: Find the Best Time to Ask Questions
When starting a new role, it’s tempting to ask many questions straight away. Asking questions is a great way to learn and show you’re invested in succeeding in your new position.
However, there’s a time, a place to ask, and a time when you need to listen.
Focus most of your time on what’s happening around you. If you have questions or need clarification, write down what you need to know. Prioritise the information you need first and ask yourself when it might be best to put certain questions off until you have a chance to meet with your manager face-to-face.
Step 5: Constantly Demonstrate Your Value
Once you know what’s expected of you in your new role and clearly understand the company’s vision and mission, you can begin to demonstrate your value. During the first 30 days of a new role, you have a unique opportunity to prove to your hiring manager that they made the right choice when selecting you.
Start implementing strategies for quick wins based on what you know about how your work will be evaluated. For instance, if you know your manager is concerned about ensuring projects are completed on time, plan your schedule carefully, and keep them up-to-date with your progress as you complete each task.
Show your commitment to constantly improving and growing by volunteering for extra training sessions, asking for a mentor to guide you, or requesting feedback whenever possible.
The first 30 days of your new career can be critical to your long-term career plan. Regardless of whether you’re starting in a position with a new company, or you’re exploring the new responsibilities that come with a promotion, be prepared and know how to put your best foot forward. By learning what to focus on from day one, discovering which skills and habits you need to demonstrate, and letting go of the things that might be holding you back, you can impress your manager which will affirm in their mind that they made the right decision.
The good news is that there are a number of time-tested strategies that you can implement from day one.
As well as the top tips already mentioned, we have also produced a more in-depth guide to provide you with everything you need to know to streamline the transition into a new role. From habit-forming, to the types of questions you should be asking, the guide will ensure that you will be ready to hit the ground running, and make the right first impression in your new company. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD.
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