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How to Set Yourself Up For Success in Your New Job

The first few weeks, months, and even years in a new job are an exciting time to begin your career journey. However, the new role can also be overwhelming as you adjust to the responsibilities and company culture. Taking steps to set yourself up for success can help you feel confident in your new role from the start.

1. Understand the culture.

A big part of the transition to a new job is learning about the company culture, which is the personality, beliefs and values of the organization all rolled into one. While you likely learned about this during the interview process, your first month is a great opportunity to see how the company culture plays out day to day and interact with people in person.

This is also a great opportunity to learn more about how the company functions, such as its business model and processes. For example, if you’re moving into a management role, this is a great time to ask your manager about the type of leadership style they prefer.

2. Focus on the goals you have for this role.

While it’s not required to write down a 30-60-90 day plan for your new role, it may be helpful for you to do so. This is the best way to ensure you’re focused on achieving the specific goals you have for this position. For example, if your goal is to become a visible leader in the department, you can create an actionable plan for how to make this happen.

3. Soak up as much information as you can during the first month.

If you’re taking in so much new information, it can be easy to forget that your first month is a time to let the work do the talking. Rather than focusing on impressing others with your knowledge, focus on doing the work well and gaining their trust and confidence in your abilities. Then you’ll have more freedom to challenge a certain workplace norm if it feels off to you later on.

4. Form a connection with a colleague.

If your company hired a few new people around the same time, you can reach out to these colleagues to establish connections that will help you settle in. A friendly face to talk to in the breakroom or during lunch can make a world of difference when you’re trying to figure out your way around your new department and workplace.

As you settle in to your new role, be sure to prioritize your personal life as well. Don’t schedule unnecessary appointments, be flexible with your daily routine, and understand that your days may run longer than normal during this critical first week. This will ensure you can get the most out of your time on the job and avoid any distractions that can throw off your momentum. Then, when you’re ready, it will be easy to make a smooth transition into a new career and thrive in your new position.