Starting a new job is exciting and an opportunity for new experiences and advancement in life, whether it is in-house promotion or moving to a new organization. Of course, in today’s complex and changing environments, this new beginning is not easy and hassle-free, even for experienced people. According to research, many new job starters do not reach the desired level of themselves or their organization. Why? What can be done to get started? In this article, we seek answers to these questions.
Why do we have problems with changing jobs?
The new generation is changing jobs more than previous generations. A January 2021 survey found that 20 percent of the 14,000 survey participants voluntarily changed their employer. A Microsoft survey of 30,000 people in 31 countries also found that 40 percent of respondents were willing to change jobs.
According to this research, it seems that job change is becoming more common day by day and naturally creates new challenges and issues. So it’s essential to identify successful career change strategies so that we can succeed in our new job faster.
Researchers at Harvard Business School conducted a comprehensive study and found that the main reason for the problems after starting a new business is to underestimate the importance of inter-organizational relationships. According to the study, the group, which was able to get on track for success shortly after starting their new job, had developed an extensive network of inter-organizational relationships based on shared interests. These people have always sought to expand their network and used this network to learn about the values within the organization and to discover gaps and shortcomings, to add their unique role as a missing piece of the puzzle to the values of the organization. They also used this communication network to overcome their weaknesses.
Things to do in the first week
You must have heard the famous phrase that the first encounter is important. Your first working week is the same as the first encounter. If you do certain things this week, you will start well and continue to achieve your desired career goals more easily. We have written these works below.
1. Ask, listen, confirm
Starting a new job is like going to a new school. They gave you this job because you deserved it. However, you do not know some things, such as:
- Unwritten rules between colleagues;
- Relationships between colleagues;
- Workplace atmosphere.
The first thing you need to do is find out about these issues. You can write down your important questions, ask questions and listen well to the answers. Repeat what you hear to make sure you understand. Talk to your new co-workers about your previous job and ask them if your previous job behaviors, attitudes and patterns apply here as well. The more you know about the organizational culture and work environment, the easier it will be for you to adapt.
Organizations themselves usually take newcomers on an in-house tour to familiarize them with the work environment and co-workers, but you too can take the initiative and get to know them better by inviting co-workers to have tea or coffee.
۲. Use what you already have
As a new employee, you have to start all over again. So rely on your knowledge and experience and perform your new tasks carefully. You just have to be more discriminating with the help you render toward other people.
3. Be careful not to fall apart
Starting a new job and getting on with your tasks can be so overwhelming that you can separate yourself from the crowd. These conditions increase your stress and anxiety.
Attend group programs and meetings. Try to connect with new colleagues and join them.
4. Be curious
In the first week of your work, be curious and ask questions. Visit and talk to other groups and departments in the organization. Ask experienced people to give you advice as a newcomer. By doing this, you will not only learn the basics better, but you will also build strong relationships.
5. Get help
Usually the first few weeks new employees can ask as many questions as they want, then use this opportunity to use the experiences of others in your tasks. Instead of trying to recover, they wallow in their sadness and thus, experience more failure.
Take the initiative to get to know others and smile at them. You may be a little worried at first and want to wait for others to come to you, but know that your initiative is a sign of self-confidence and you will gain more respect in the future. On the other hand, taking the lead increases the trust of others because they will also feel better about you.
7. Plan your 100-day plan
Starting a new job is exciting, but it can also be confusing. Design a 100-day plan to manage your expectations and those of your boss, with a blueprint for your career. Write your assignments and complementary activities such as attending training courses in this program. Also include a self-care program to avoid job burnout.
8. Adapt to organizational culture
Organizations, companies, and businesses are nothing more than a bunch of people coming together. To succeed in your new job, you must adapt to the organizational culture of these people. This adaptation is not only the desire of your boss, but also for your career advancement. By embracing organizational culture and being part of a group, you will enjoy benefits such as helping others and empathizing with them.
9. Be prepared to talk to new colleagues in advance
The first week you meet a lot. Keep a brief introduction in mind, for example:
- Who are you;
- Where did you come from?
- Where have you worked before?
- What motivated you to start this new job?
10. Establish genuine professional relationships
Week 1 Take every opportunity to get to know others and build purposeful relationships. Every encounter with other colleagues is an opportunity for you to find suitable friends by creating or expanding your relationships in a new environment, friends who will help you to establish yourself in the organization and progress in it.
Things to do the first month
After spending an exciting week in a new work environment, you should gradually get used to the work environment. It is best to answer the question in the first month of how you can align your skills with the tasks and goals of your job and organization and be an effective member.
۱۱. Turn acquaintances into deeper relationships
Now that you are a little familiar with your co-workers, it’s time to build strong relationships with them. By watching how they do things, you will better understand them and pave the way for a deeper relationship.
۱۲. Plan for new skills
Every new job requires new skills, so you need to plan for yourself. The first month Carefully set up your work calendar and see what skills you need to learn.
13. Align your goals with your manager’s expectations
In the first few weeks, be sure to meet with your manager and talk about these issues:
- What is your definition of success?
- How to do your job;
- What resources do you need;
- How will your work be evaluated?
Things to do in the first 90 days
Now that you are familiar with the work environment and co-workers, it’s time to step into the organization as an important element. So you have to do something.
۱۴. Define your boundaries
Some new employees who want to impress others do things and accept things that will bother them later. During the first months of work, gradually define your red lines and boundaries with others, such as how hard you work and how much you accept personal relationships in the workplace. One of the most important skills you need to learn at this time is to say no.
۱۵. Challenge yourself
“Many times we are more capable than we think,” says Professor Ellen Langer, a Harvard professor of social psychology.
You have to be a little hard on yourself. Set ambitious goals and work hard to achieve them slowly and steadily every day. Your purposeful and continuous effort will gradually reveal its positive results.
۱۶. It is time for a quarterly evaluation
In some organizations, the performance of new employees is evaluated after 90 days. Even if your organization does not have such a plan, do it yourself and ask your manager to do it.
This is an easy way to review the path you have taken during these three months. In a meeting with your manager, check to see if you are still in agreement. When self-assessing, check whether you are on track to achieve the goals you set at the beginning. What needs to change and what needs to be pursued vigorously. Also, ask yourself what your manager expects of you in the next three months or even a year.
۱۷. Meet old colleagues again
Now that you are in the new job, you should look at your former colleagues and ask how they are doing. Maintaining a network of past business relationships is still beneficial, and may one day benefit you.
In this world, the speed of change is high and job change occurs voluntarily or by force. Remember that the most important factor in your success in a new job is to build an extensive network of relationships in the new workplace. The faster you build and expand this network, the faster you will be on the path to career success.