Congratulations for the “New Job”. Starting a new job is always exciting and sometime nerve wrecking. You don’t know anyone, and you want to prove how “incredible” you are. Here are a few rules that will help you make the right impression on your boss and integrate with your new team.
- THOU SHALL DELIVER ON YOUR COMMITMENTS
During the first few days in your new job, have meeting with your boss to understand your job role and his/ hers expectations from you. Once you are clear on your deliverables (WHAT you need to deliver), concentrate on the HOW.
Understand “HOW” the high – performers in your team – work, relate to each other and handle the boss. This will help you create a stencil for your own success at work.
- THOU SHALL NETWORK
Hired for a new job, start building your network from day 1. The people you must network with during the initial phase are 1> team members 2> colleagues from others team who impact input to / output from your work 3 > opinion makers with clout in your department / company 4 > high performers who have handled similar job.
A strong network will ensure that your work goes smoothly, there is a better reception for your suggestions / ideas and you understand office dynamics.
While you are networking , be sure to set your boundaries. Ensure that people know how and when to approach you and for what. You should not regret later that people consider you too easy going or take you for granted or think of you as unapproachable.
- THOU SHALL NOT COMPARE THINGS TO YOUR EARLIER JOB
The easiest and the worst mistake to make at a new job / new company is to compare it with your previous job, boss, colleagues or processes/ policies of your previous companies. I know that it feels good to suggest improvement in processes based on your previous experience, but unless specifically asked for – do not antagonize your current team by comparing things.
If you want to suggest changes, makes use of what if scenarios or why don’t we try approach. Also, try to identify opinion builders in your team and get their buy in on changes you want to suggest. This will ensure better receptivity for your idea.
- THOU SHALL FIND AN OFFICE PARTNER
Having a strong network is one thing, having an office partner is another. An office partner is someone who will provide you with an ear, when you want to crib. Will cheer you on as you handle a difficult project & act as your sounding board.
To find an office partner be one, and ensure that whatever is shared with you is not used as gossip fodder with another.
- THOU SHALL OFFER TO HELP
The easiest way to create a strong network is by offering to help. Based on bandwidth available, take on projects no one else wants. Offer to help someone who seems to be struggling or someone who has been assigned a huge project – check with them what needs to be done and deliver.
- THOU SHALL FIND YOUR NICHE
Identify something related to your job that you love doing or are good at and develop the skills to become an expert. You could be the Digital Marketing expert or the manager who develops promotable talent.
Your specific expertise will help you stand-out within the company.
- THOU SHALL TAKE RESPONSIBILITY OF YOUR OWN DEVELOPMENT
Don’t expect your manager to develop you. Identify your own career path and attend trainings, take on relevant projects of if need be create your own project. Develop yourself so as to grow in your new role and for future.
Follow these commandments and be successful in your new job.