Finding a job requires a significant investment of time and energy, but the real work begins once you’ve accepted a new opportunity. First impressions—both yours and those of your managers—are powerful. Starting off on the right foot can make all the difference in your success with an employer.
The following tips can help you hit the ground running:
- Be prepared. Just as you did at the beginning of the application process, continue your research. Know the firm and, if relevant, its industry. Ask your new employer if there is anything else you can do to get ready for your first day.
- Clarify expectations. Soon after starting in the position, meet with your supervisor and ensure that both of you are on the same page in terms of your responsibilities and objectives.
- Study the culture. Pay attention to the business environment, from department policies and procedures to how people interact with one another. Observe the performance of the firm’s top employees and adapt your style of communication accordingly.
- Find a mentor. Consult with a more experienced colleague who can show you the ropes and provide feedback on your work.
- Be a team player. Volunteer for additional assignments, even if they fall outside of your immediate job description, and offer to pitch in when a coworker is under deadline. Make yourself indispensable by broadening your skill set and expertise and consistently exceeding performance expectations.