As a recruiting agency with 25 years of experience, we know that landing a new job is equal parts exciting and terrifying. It’s a fresh start with lots of potential; at the same time, if you’re not happy there, it can have a big impact on your career track and overall quality life.
Needless to say, you have a lot on the line. So is there anything you can do to make sure you get off on the right foot – and hit the ground running in your new job?
Absolutely! Here are some quick tips to help get you started:
Get to know your co-workers.
As a recruiting agency, we know your first days on the job can be overwhelming; especially when it comes to all the different people you meet. This is even more so the case if you tend to be on the shy side. However, buck up and put yourself out there. Go out to lunch with your co-workers, ask them to join you for a drink after work, make an effort to get to know them. The relationships you have – or don’t have – with your co-workers could be a real “make it or break it” factor in your success with the company.
Get to know “key” people.
It might take a bit of time to figure out who the real “movers and shakers” are within the company. Once you know, though, it’s in your best interest to seek them out and get to know them. These are people who can guide you, help you, possibly take you under their wing, and nurture your career quest.
Get to know your boss’s working style.
Building a good relationship with your new boss is of the utmost importance. So figure out his or her working style quickly – pet peeves, preferred communication methods, is he or she a detail oriented or big picture person?, etc. If you’re not sure, then set up a meeting and ask these kinds of questions. Not only will you find out plenty of valuable information, but your new boss will likely be impressed by your initiative and attention to detail.
Get to know the company…inside and out.
Don’t just learn about your position or department within the company. Ask lots of question and spend some time learning about the history of the company, important decisions that have been made recently, and new developments that have impacted the company.