5 tips to impress in your new role
Life coach Alex Kingsmill provides some smart tips about how to make an impact in the early weeks of a new job.
Not so long ago, people used to stay in one job their whole lives. Today it’s different: school-leavers can expect to experience a total of 17 jobs and five different careers before they retire. So it makes sense to get used to starting a new job.
Here are some simple strategies to help you make a positive impact during those first critical weeks.
1. Have a break
You’ve been offered the job and it’s tempting to leap right in. But after the intensity of your last position and the pressure of tying up the role, you’re probably feeling depleted.
As The Energy Project so neatly reminds us, high performance requires periods of recovery. Resting before you relaunch will help you excel and make a strong impression when you first arrive.
2. Link in
Before you start, consider researching your new role and colleagues.
You could tap into LinkedIn. With over 400 million members worldwide, chances are your new manager and team members will feature. The information you gather will help you forge stronger relationships faster; you’ll be aware of shared common interests and points of possible connection.
Remember to update your own details, too. An articulate profile can inform people of your progress and help you maintain mutually beneficial professional links. It can also boost your knowledge of others’ efforts, which will help keep your own methods fresh.
3. Make connections
New roles tend to produce pressure to show some quick, early wins. But before you leap into the ‘doing’, remember that impressive work depends on great relationships. Gallup identified ‘having a best friend at work’ as one of the 12 traits of highly productive work groups.
During your first few days, why not try emphasising connections? Start with your manager and your direct team. Initiate conversations. Find out what they do and how they do it. Be curious about who they are and what matters to them, personally.
4. Shape yourself
A new job is an opportunity to take the best bits of who you were in your previous roles and shed the elements that weren’t quite as stellar. Maybe your organisational skills were a weak point in past assessments? This is your opportunity to be known differently.
Using your strengths at work will help you feel happier, be more engaged and perform better. So get clear on those strengths, perhaps by completing this questionnaire, and play to them. Consciously define the New You.
5. Now do
You’re ready! It’s time to examine the landscape, speak to your manager, determine what needs to be done and then go ahead and act.
Be proactive; don’t wait for an invitation for every little step you take. There’s a reason you were hired and your leaders want to see that the decision they made in bringing you on board was the right one.