The first few months of any job can be thought of as an addition to the interview process, making your first impressions very important. How you present yourself and integrate with the new team can determine your career trajectory with the company. In these first months, you have to validate the reasons why you have been hired for this position, while also getting used to the way of working and gaining the trust of your colleagues. It can be an exciting but challenging experience!
To help you adapt and smoothly join your new team, we have prepared a list of 5 tips to set you up for success:
1. Be social and communicative with your colleagues
Show you are interested in being part of the team and get involved in different projects and social activities. This way, your colleagues will see your capabilities of working in a team but also allow them to get to know you. This is especially important if you have a high-level or Senior position, you want your colleagues to trust you and feel comfortable around you.
Also, pay close attention to office culture and learn the communication patterns and preferences of your colleagues. Maybe some colleagues have different schedules, or they have preferred methods of communication, or there are remote colleagues who you should get to know! Use the first week to identify the company culture and learn how to communicate best with your colleagues.
2. Take initiative to introduce yourself
If you are joining a fast-paced company, chances are your colleagues are not truly aware there is a new addition to the team. Walk around the office and introduce yourself, so people know who you are and what you were hired for. Be enthusiastic and positive when introducing yourself and make a big effort to remember their names. Give a brief summary of your experiences and your goals with your new team, and also learn about their responsibilities in the company.
3. Be grateful and be part of the team
It is important to demonstrate that you are eager to be part of the team and collaborate. Little things like saying “we” instead of “I” in meetings and sharing credit accordingly with colleagues. When given a new project or task, ask if someone needs help or speak up if you could use some tips. Also, take the time to thank people for their help! Not only your direct colleagues, but also the receptionist, maintenance crew, administration staff, and more.
4. Find ways to adapt to their way of working
Every company has its way of working, and these may not be the same as what you are used to. A new job implies learning new characteristics, schedules, and people. Take this opportunity to learn to develop yourself in a new working environment. Find ways to adapt to your team’s way of working, not the other way around, because that will make it ten times more difficult to integrate. This is why learning how to communicate best with your team is essential.
If your way of working is different from that of your colleagues, or you have worked in different environments, take the chance to contribute some ideas and experiences for new team mindsets and improvements. Pay attention to areas where you can collaborate, as long as your ideas are valuable for the job.
Starting a new job is always a challenging experience, but if you make the effort to get involved and learning about your new colleagues, you will surely be a great addition to the team.
We hope you found this guide useful and helpful! Read more about Career Advice and Tips in our blog section!