It’s the night before you start your new job. You’re feeling excited about your new role and probably anxious about how to make a good impression. You’re wondering how to smoothly settle in and hit the ground running. You can give yourself a head start by preparing yourself in advance.
Executives in a new role confront the need to adapt to new business models and organisational cultures, and to build supportive networks. The biggest trap they may fall into is to believe they will continue to be successful by doing what has made them successful in the past. “There is an old saying: ‘To a person who has a hammer, everything looks like a nail.’ New leaders must focus first on discovering what it will take to be successful in the new role, then discipline themselves to do the things that don’t come naturally if the situation demands it. – Professor Sattar Bawany
Key points to remember are:
- Express your enthusiasm early on.
- Connect on LinkedIn with those you’ve met during the selection process.
- Create a 30, 60 and 90-day plan with your new manager.
- Identify the resources you need to do your job early on.
- Look for ways to make a difference even in the early days.
- Always show respect for the people and events that have come before you.
- Check in with your manager every week or two to make sure you are on track.
- Stay positive.
A new role can be quite stressful, so give yourself time to settle in and know that no one is perfect. Make the effort to understand the way things work and always be willing to ask questions and listen to the answers.
Whether you’re changing roles within an organisation or joining a new one, you will need to learn new skills for success.
Follow these tips and you’ll hit the ground running in your new role! I’d love to hear how you’ve ensured success when starting a new role – leave a comment below and let us know what’s worked well for you.
Jane Jackson is a Career Management Coach, Speaker and Author of #1 Amazon Australia best seller, Navigating Career Crossroads. Jane is also a keen podcaster and is the host of the Jane Jackson Career Podcast on iTunes.