Being the “new kid” is never easy.
An adjustment period is inevitable no matter the circumstance. Feelings of excitement, anxiety, adrenaline, new beginnings, and sheer horror all mix together into a crazy thing called, “My First Day at a New Job”, and at times you can’t decide whether you’ll throw up or pass out.
So how can you make sure you’re prepared and set up for success on your first day(s)?
Monster conducted a poll asking participants about the most important thing a new hire should do when staring a job. The results? No shockers. 63% percent said they want to understand the expectations of their role; 28% are focused on learning more about the company / organization and departments they’ll be working alongside; 6% are eager to become acquainted with their team; and only 1% rated finding friends / allies as their top priority.
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I started at i.d.e.a. on February 14th. Yes, Valentine’s Day. An easy “workiversary” to remember. After four interviews, I was finally offered the newly created position of Marketing Supervisor where I oversee all internal marketing and public relations for the agency. It’s my job to spread the word about the amazing work we do with our incredibly courageous clients. Pretty cool, right? I think so!
Coming into a new company is one thing, but starting in a new role that didn’t exist before? Now that, to me, is equal parts exhilarating and terrifying. I was given the freedom to create my position in the way I thought would most benefit the company.
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Combined with the above poll, insight from Forbes and my own personal experience, I couldn’t agree with their findings more. Here are my (and their) top actions to take immediately to help speed up your onboarding process:
Once you’ve completed this, you’ll be well on your way to having a better understanding of what is expected of you in your new position. Whether you have a roadmap from a predecessor or you’re creating the route as you go, always have confidence in your abilities, ask for help when needed, and remember that you were hired for a reason. Find the right company, enjoy the people and culture, do work that inspires you, and “you’ll never work a day in your life”, so the story goes.