Once you accept a new job, you may feel like you are on “trial” during what most in Human Resources realm would call a “probationary period”. Spoiler alert… that’s because you are! During that time, the employer and your supervisor are getting to know you: your skill set, quirks, tendencies, priorities, personality, and more! During that time, there are a few steps you can take to ensure that you acclimate to your new role and the company culture:
Create a positive first impression-
You landed the job- that’s a win! However, even though you “wowed” in the interview stage, you still have some work to do. Remember, you are starting a new job with new co-workers and managers in a different environment. Trust, respect, and rapport take time to build and your old reputation will not travel with you. No matter how strong your skill set or exceptional your work ethic might be, you are starting off on a blank canvas.
Be a sponge–
While you are learning the ins and outs of your new role, it is important to also learn the environment around you. Your first week (and maybe a few after that) should be dedicated to learning the work and communication styles of your new teammates, work politics, and some of the short-term and long term goals. All of this will help you to acclimate to the company culture and be more effective in your new role.
Some employers have a very structured training program while others may just have “hands on” training. Either way, the first place to start is to gain clarity on what is expected of you. If you aren’t clear on your job’s essential functions and responsibilities, how can you be expected to fulfill them? If your training program does not give you that clear indication, don’t stay in the dark! Be sure to communicate with your trainer or supervisor to help you get a better lay of the land!
If you need tips during your career search, contact us – our recruiters are just a call or e-mail away! Affinity Personnel Solutions is a locally-based employment agency that focuses on long-term, permanent placement with over 20 years in the industry.