As a recruiter, my job focuses primarily on just that – recruiting. But, I also assist with our onboarding process. It helps new Colleagues to see a familiar face when they arrive on their first day. Plus, I review many of the items we discussed during the hiring process and offer letter and answer any questions they have. But what happens after that? Here are five tips to help you get off to the right start the first week in your new job.
- Introduce yourself. Make an effort to meet everyone in your new department. Ask someone who you will work with often in other areas and reach out to them to introduce yourself. At AFA, we have a buddy program to help new Colleagues meet their new co-workers.
- Get clear job duties and expectations. Meet with your manager and ask them what their expectations are for the first 30, 60 and 90 days. What projects should you focus on? How will they assess your performance?
- Network. Participate in any activities your company offers to help you get to know others. For example, at AFA you might join a book club and the gym to meet new people. Go with your co-workers to meetings when possible. Invite people to lunch.
- Focus on learning. It often takes a few weeks to transition projects to a new employee, so use this time learn everything you can about the company. Take training classes, review information about the company and competitors, read industry publications and ask for copies of previous projects similar to what you’ll be working on.
- Offer suggestions, not criticisms. Be proactive in providing suggestions and ideas, but don’t come in guns blazing trying to change everything. You were hired for your expertise, so share it, but take care not to sound condescending and make sure you factor in the experience of your new co-workers.
What tips do you have for your first week in a new position? Share in the comments! And if you’re still looking for a new job, make sure to check out our openings!