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How to Get Off to a Strong Start at Your New Job

Whether you’re starting your first day at the office or simply switching companies, a new job presents an exciting opportunity to learn and grow. However, a new position can also be a big challenge. There’s a lot to learn, and if you don’t set yourself up for success, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. The following tips will help you get off to a strong start and make your mark at your new company.

Arrive early: Whether you’re commuting or just turning on your computer, arriving on time will give you the best first impression possible. During the onboarding process, you’ll be thrown a lot of information at once, and the first impression you make will set the tone for your work.

Ask a colleague to shadow you: This will allow you to see how your coworkers interact and can provide some insight into workplace culture. In addition, having someone to guide you can ease the transition and make it less stressful.

Write down your questions: Before your first day, take the time to write down any questions you have about the company or your role. This will allow you to be prepared when you meet with your boss during your first week and will ensure that you’re clear on expectations.

Avoid being a know-it-all: Be mindful of how you talk to your colleagues and try to maintain a learning mindset. This will prevent you from making others feel out of place or like you’re a know-it-all. Instead, focus on the areas where you can bring value and be open to feedback from your coworkers.

Find a mentor: This can be someone within your department or a peer from another team. This person will be able to answer any questions you may have about the company, its culture, or your role in particular. They can also help you understand the “rules of engagement” and how to navigate certain situations.

Figure out how you’ll be measured: Before your first review, you should have a solid understanding of the metrics that will determine your performance. Ask your supervisor to walk you through what these are, so you’re confident in your abilities and have the knowledge you need to perform well.

Think about your goals: You’ll likely be asked about your goals in your new role, both on an individual level and within the company as a whole. This will help your supervisor and HR know what you’re working towards in the long term, and will provide clarity on your future plans if any of your current responsibilities change.

It’s okay to be honest when answering this question, but only if you’re being genuine. If you’re not going to stay at the company for long, there’s no benefit for them to know that. In fact, it could negatively impact their perception of you as a valued employee. In addition, if you have a non-compete, it’s a good idea to keep this confidential.