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How to Onboard a New Job

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Getting a new job can be exciting, but also stressful. There’s a lot to learn and adjust to in the workplace, from the expectations of your manager to how you work with others. A good onboarding process can help ease the transition, so that your new role is a success and doesn’t become a frustration for either you or your new colleagues.

Start by clearly defining what the position entails. Make sure the job description includes all necessary skills and expertise to perform the role. Consider the required qualifications, such as education and experience, but also think about what can be taught on the job. Omitting requirements that you can’t provide on-the-job training for may deter applicants from applying for the role.

Create a 30-60-90 day plan of goals for the role. While this may be something that your employer expects you to do for performance review purposes, it’s also a useful tool to get you started in the role and focused on what’s most important. Identify the areas you want to improve, including any technical or soft skills you need to develop, as well as your visibility and growth goals for the company.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You’re a new employee with fresh eyes, and you have the right to know as much as possible about your new position. Your questions will demonstrate a willingness to learn and a commitment to succeed in the job. You should also ask for clarification of any unwritten rules or standards that you need to be aware of.

Research your new workplace as thoroughly as possible before your first day at the office. This can include conversations with your manager, a tour of the facility and its location, reviews from former employees who performed the same or similar roles, and other sources. You can even use websites like Glassdoor to check out salary information and benefits packages, so you can be prepared for any surprises that may arise.

During your first week, focus on building relationships and establishing yourself in the team. Try to attend as many meetings as possible to meet everyone and show your dedication to the company. Don’t be afraid to take the initiative to get to know people, such as asking a co-worker to lunch or inviting them to a social event.

Make a point of driving your commute the night before your first day, so you can gauge traffic and find the best route to the office. Set your alarms so you don’t wake up at the last minute, and plan ahead for your morning by deciding what to wear. It’s also a good idea to scope out your parking spot the night before, too.

Take a little time to reconcile your ideas of what the role would be like with reality, and remember that this will take a while. Be patient and don’t give up if you encounter some initial frustrations. Ultimately, your career and happiness will be enhanced by taking the initiative to find a job that’s a better fit for you.