New Job, Who’s This?

I recently started a new job, and I realized that there is definitely an art to making the most out of a new start. I’m an Introvert Extrovert (Meyers-Briggs anyone?) and as such, I’m hyper-aware of situations where I need to turn on a little extra charm. The first week at a new job is definitely one of those times! Hopefully these 3 tips can help you make the most out of your next fresh start! I also think that some of these tips might be helpful to try at your existing job. Leave a comment and let me know how it works out!

1. Talk To People

Take advantage of your status as the ‘newbie’ and talk to people from different departments in the office. Book 15 minutes to speak with senior leaders in your department to introduce yourself and find out ways you can best support them/their teams in your role. By taking the time to meet people outside of your direct team, you’ll be giving folks in the broader organization some insight into the value that you bring to the company. Don’t be surprised if you start getting pulled in to new projects and are presented with opportunities outside of your initial job description. If you’re like me, sometimes human interactions can be awkward. Take my advice – try your best to get out of your comfort zone. The benefits of interacting with fellow humans at work will manifest in ways that you can’t even imagine!

2. Look For Opportunities to Add Value

The main reason you were hired was because leadership thought you could bring something special to the team. Don’t be afraid to show your worth! Did you invent a new way of working with inter-departmental teams? Share it! Did you see an interesting article that’s relevant to your industry or clients? Send it! Overhear people talking about something that you have experience in? Jump in! Don’t be afraid to share your value. Remember – only the people that interviewed you know who you are. It’s important to demonstrate to the organization that you were a great choice!

3. Stay Positive

Chances are, you were probably unhappy at your previous job and may be accustomed to ‘complaining’ about work. When beginning a new job, it is important to stay positive and not feed into the negative chatter that permeates most corporate offices. When confronted with negative sentiments about your new place of employment, respond with how much you’re looking forward to getting the most out of your experience there. Remember, where you are is probably better than where you were, and perspective is definitely the key to true happiness.

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