The Three ‘R’s of Starting a New Job
Here are our three ‘R’s of starting a new job:
Research and planning will give you vital momentum in your first few days. In term so of the job; research your market, key client relationships, supply chain relationships, and any company systems that could help you to hit the ground running. Most new employers will be only too willing to assist a new employee’s preparation in this way by providing advice and information. You will then be able to formulate an outline game plan for your first few weeks along with some key objectives.
It is also well worth considering your life away from work. Research sports and social clubs, gyms, and anything else that will help you to quickly build links to the location you’ll be working in. Your new job will be much more enjoyable if you’ve constructed social links to the local area. I’m currently enjoying a 7 day pass to the local gym which I’ve been attending with a colleague - which brings me to my second point…
Building positive working relationships is vital to succeeding in any job. The key is build rapport as early as possible. Learn the names of your new team mates prior to joining and try and find out what their roles and responsibilities are within the company. If you discover their hobbies and interests or something interesting about their background; you’ll quickly be able to build rapport with them. This is where social media comes in its own but a coffee and a chat with your existing contacts in the company could also reveal the info you need.
Regularly review your progress against the objectives you set yourself early on in the job. This is your road map to success and will also give you idea of whether or not you are maintaining the momentum you need to carry you through the probation period and beyond. You’ll be able to give yourself a fourth ‘R’ at the end of this process – a reward! Make a good one to ensure your motivation and momentum remains strong throughout your first few months.
Implement the ‘R’s – can help you to be a success in your new position. Good luck for a long and successful career.