Making a Smooth Transition to a New Job
You breathe out a sigh of relief as the interview process is over. You have gotten through all the interviews and hurdles and have landed that new job. You feel on top of the world! However, now you might find yourself wondering about how to best prepare for the new job — going through all the possible steps you can take to be 100% ready. This can be stressful, especially if it is your first time changing jobs.
Despite the anxiety that such a situation can cause, overthinking and a little anxiety might be a good thing during this transition period. It means that you are invested in this great opportunity and want to put your best foot forward. However, it is essential not to get carried away by the call of perfection, but be sure to take the necessary action to prepare yourself for the exciting new opportunity.
Remember to Relax
Keep in mind that hitting your stride in the new job will take a little time and effort. The desire to be perfect is just a result of the anxiety. Compose yourself, and try to relax. Remember that the first month is a transitional period for you to get settled. If you were unemployed for some time or have gotten used to another routine in your old job, it will take a while to adjust. Realize that this is a brand new opportunity for you to show your skills, gain new experiences, contribute to a cause, and navigate new waters. It is not meant to happen overnight, and that is alright.
Dive into the Culture
Fitting into a new environment means being willing to observe and learn the way things run there and adapting to them. The good news is that your new employers have already deemed you a good fit since they hired you, and that means that they have seen some of the key traits their company represents in you. Be open and embrace all the new job offers.
Connect with the People
The saying “no man is an island” is true. The relationships we have shape and build our character and reality. If you alienate coworkers or yourself from them, chances are you will not experience the new job as friendly. Get out of your comfort zone and interact with your new coworkers. Put yourself out there and accept any invitations offered. These are the people you will be hanging around for the foreseeable future, so why not make it a pleasant and friendly experience. A great starting point is reaching out to them on Linkedin.
Make Achievable Goals
Once you get acquainted with the new job, it might be time to set some goals for yourself. Create short term and long term goals to strive for. Short term goals can include what you want to achieve in the first 3 to 6 months. Long term goals can include your future ambitions and experiences you want to get out of this position. The important thing is to always keep improving and striving for it. After all, a job without purpose loses all meaning and becomes mundane and dull.
These are some of the actions you can take to hit the ground running in your new job. With time, you will build a routine and adjust to the way things run. Give your best, do what is requested of you, and you will start fitting in sooner rather than later.