Do These 5 Things During Your First Weeks at a New Job
First things first – I want to apologize for my lack up updates lately! Between cramming my life into a moving truck and uprooting from Denver to move to St. Louis and starting my great new job just days after arriving in my new city, life has been a little chaotic to say the least. However, I'm so happy to share that I'm starting to feel settled and I'm falling into the groove of my new normal!
I just wrapped up my first two weeks in my role as a Social Media Specialist for a national retail brand, and I've learned so many new things. This new role is by far the most corporate position I've held so far in my career and – like any new job – there is a learning curve.
If you're starting a new job soon, don't fret! I stuck with 5 of my no-fail tactics to make my first two weeks go as smoothly as possible, and I think they'll help you too.
1. Bring a notebook with you everywhere you go.
I'm a fan of taking notes, and you can count on me taking a lot of them when I'm starting out in a new job! Carrying my notebook with me helped me jot down quick notes when meeting new colleagues, new tasks that pop up during conversation and to jot down new company know-how. Plan on bringing your notebook everywhere; meetings, lunches, your desk, you name it!
2. Ask for an org chart.
Before joining my new company, I was a part of a tight-knit team of less than 20 colleagues that I knew very well. Now walking into an office of 900+ employees, learning names and roles is a bit more challenging. Don't be afraid to ask for an organizational chart of your department which details who reports to who. Not only will this help you learn names and job functions, but you'll also be able to see what opportunities are above you to work toward!
3. Don't bring your lunch.
This was a tough one for me, but I'm so glad that I held back on bringing my lunch for the first two weeks. Take this time as an opportunity to ask your new colleagues to lunch and get to know them on a more personal level. Don't sit at your desk with a sad bagged lunch and wonder why you aren't connecting with your team. Get out there and get friendly!
4. Follow your company on social media.
If your company has an active social media presence, make sure that you're following them on all channels. This way, you'll be that much more tuned into what's going on within the company and can anticipate changes and trends before they happen.
5. Ask lots of questions.
Admittedly, this is something that I've been working on a lot lately. Earlier in my career I had a difficult time asking questions that would help me when I was stumped, and it never helped me in the long run. Don't be afraid to ask questions – being new is the perfect time to learn! I've found that I'm more of a listener than asker in meetings, but I now try to ask at least one great question during meetings to better my understanding of my company and make sure that I'm aligned with my team.