- Focus on learning and absorbing everything you can before making changes to processes or systems
- Demonstrate a positive can-do attitude in everything you do to highlight that you're a team player
- Prepare a short speech detailing your background, most recent role and what you've been hired to do
- Make an effort to get to know everyone on a social level.
Your first day in a new job is always daunting. No matter how many you’ve experienced throughout your career, chances are it’s the one day in your role you’ll remember most.
In turn, your first month as a whole will be crucial to your development and success. It’s imperative you make the most of this time.
Here’s how to implement the first stage of your three-month plan.
1. Listen and learn
Take notes, soak everything up and ask questions. No one expects you to arrive equipped with all the answers.
Think about the impression you need and want to make in the new role.
Be curious. Question why things are done in that way, but also observe and absorb. It may be beneficial to take notes of the things you’ll seek to change in due course.
And crucially, avoid challenging systems and processes until you have all the facts.
2. Learn the technical aspects of the role
Make sure you attend all appropriate company training and orientation programmes, ensuring you get to grips with vital corporate systems and master product knowledge. This is all key in helping you to hit the ground running and setting the right tone for the months ahead.
3. Be positive
In the early stages of your appointment, demonstrating significant value may prove challenging. At least while so many of your efforts are dedicated exclusively to learning about the company (and potentially even the industry as whole).
One powerful way of making a positive impact is through your enthusiasm and work ethic. Ensure these traits are evident.
Exhibit the right amount of enthusiasm with an upbeat, can-do attitude and people will be quicker to warm to you.
Having progressed to a business critical role, ensure you demonstrate the appropriate level of commitment. Don’t work long hours merely for the sake of appearances, but supporting your team if they are working late will show them you’re supportive, you’re hard-working and you’re a genuine leader.
4. Perfect your elevator pitch
You'll meet plenty of people on your first day, the majority of which will ask you the same questions.
Prepare a 30-second overview about who you are, what you’ll be responsible for in your new position and where you were before.
Many of your new colleagues may not fully understand what your role entails. If you have this prepared in advance, it'll be easier for you to explain but also easier for them to take in. This will ensure a consistent message throughout - no matter who happens to strike up a conversation with you.
Saying yes shouldn't be reserved for just work-specific activities.
If your colleagues ask you out for lunch on your first day or drinks after work, you should most definitely accept.
Make yourself available, particularly within the first few months of your role. Getting to know your colleagues on a more personal level from the get-go will prove invaluable within the business.