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5 Tips for a Smooth Start in a New Job

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If you’re like most people, the prospect of starting a new job can be a mix of excitement and anxiety. It’s a chance to create a fresh start, make a positive impact, and establish yourself as a valued team member. But if you’re not careful, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and make unintentional missteps. Here are some tips for a smooth start to your career in a new position.

1. Be clear about your expectations for the first 30-60-90 days.

While your employer will likely have a set of expectations for new hires, it’s still important to set clear goals for yourself and focus on the big picture as you acclimate to your role. Write down the tasks that you want to complete in your first 30, 60, and 90 days in the role and share them with your boss or other key players in the company to ensure they’re on board with your vision.

2. Learn as much as you can about your new company’s culture.

A big part of company culture is how employees interact with each other and how the organization operates. During the interview process, you probably did some research about the company’s mission and values, but your first week on the job will give you a closer look at how those beliefs are translated into day-to-day practice. Take notes on the way people communicate and treat each other, and use that knowledge to help you adjust to your new work home.

3. Introduce yourself to your immediate coworkers and managers.

One of the most nerve-wracking aspects of starting a new job is meeting and interacting with your coworkers. Your manager or HR may be able to set up meetings for you during your first few days on the job, but it’s important to reach out on your own as well. Start with your immediate team, but make an effort to introduce yourself to other teams and departments once you’re more settled in your role.

4. Show up on time.

Whether you’re working in an office or remotely, show up on time to your new job on your first day. Arriving late is a quick way to give off the impression that you’re not serious about your new role and can cause you to miss out on important information. If possible, send your boss or other key players an introductory email or Slack message a few days before you start to let them know who you are and what your general expectations will be.

5. Keep in mind your personal life and other obligations.

Taking on a new job can feel overwhelming, especially when you’re trying to balance it with family, friends, or other personal commitments. It’s tempting to log extra hours or take on more projects than you normally would in an effort to prove that you’re committed to your new position, but it’s important to remember that your personal life is still an obligation.