6 Tips for Setting Yourself Up for Success in a New Job

by Modis on May 19, 2017

tips for a new jobTransitioning into an exciting new job role is a big adjustment for anyone. Beyond getting up-to-speed on the nuances of a fresh workplace, making a positive impression among co-workers and upper management—especially in the first six months of being hired—can be critical to pave the way for your future success at the company.

Becoming a valuable asset can set you up for promotions and pay increases down the line, while also showing colleagues you’re a reliable and trustworthy team player. If you’re a new hire looking to settle in and stand out, these tips will ease you into the process of establishing yourself in a new job and help you get started out on the right foot.

1) Show confidence (without arrogance).

Exuding confidence in your ability to handle important aspects of your new job role will help set others at ease and gradually instill trust. At the same time, take care to do this in a way that doesn’t come off as overly confident or arrogant as that can easily backfire and hamper your efforts. Also, it’s worth noting that showing confidence doesn’t preclude asking questions and getting clarification if you need more information to excel in your given role.

2) Be a strong communicator and team player.

Good communication is a crucial ingredient for success in any workplace. Taking time to keep your boss informed of any key progress you’ve made or challenges you run into is as useful as establishing open lines of communication to your other colleagues in the office. This can help prevent confusion, errors, and other issues that arise from poor communication.

3) Manage anxiety and uncertainty with grace.

In short: keep it cool. There’s no doubt that some aspects of getting acclimated to a new job will be stressful, confusing, and even a little anxiety-inducing. That’s normal. How you handle these pressures early on will set the tone for how other perceive your performance. Establish yourself as someone who doesn’t panic or crumble under pressure, and do your best to keep a positive, upbeat affect.

4) Acclimate to and understand the office culture.

Your first few weeks on the job are a prime time to soak up as much intel as you can about the established norms among co-workers and upper management in your workplace. Getting a feel for your new office culture will make the task of fitting in much easier, giving you ideas for how to mesh better with the internal social aspects of your new position.

5) Take the initiative with performance feedback.

Showing a willingness to take feedback gracefully and use it to improve on your work is a great way to stand out from the pack. Even if you feel you’re doing a good job, take the initiative to ask for a performance review earlier on—and use this opportunity to solicit feedback on how you’re doing, what your bosses like about your work, and what areas they feel you could be doing better. Alternately, opening a conversation with your boss about the topic, outside of a more formal review, can also provide useful feedback to help you level-up your effort.

6) Find an office friend.

Making nice with co-workers is an important part of fitting in, but finding a friend at work who can help you ease your way into the groove of a new work environment can make a huge difference. Being genuine is a must, obviously, though it doesn’t hurt to make pals with someone in the office who can make your transition an easier one and provide much-needed camaraderie during the workday.

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