Taking up a new role (job)

Planning to take up a new role in a new company? Remember, your first impression matters.

If you are a new in a Company, you are definitely under the scanner. Remember, you are being observed and analyzed. From the way you talk and walk to how you think and present yourself everything is absolutely crucial for all this is leaving a lasting for all this is leaving a lasting impression on your new colleagues and seniors. So be warned, unless you want to be on the fast track to failure.

Get started to begin with take up your new role without burning bridges with your previous employer. This will help you start off with a positive state of mind. Secondly, it is always advisable to take a short break before you switch jobs. Spend time with yourself and indulge in all that you always wanted to but were unable to due to busy work hours. Make optimum use of this break. You will be amazed by the results. It not only helps you relive stress, but makes you content as an individual. Remember starting afresh is your key to success.

When it’s actually time to set your first impression, you better be on the right track. From the moment you walk in on day one, you are being assessed. So to begin with, your personality matters. Dress appropriately and walk in confidently. An apt smile at the right time can work wonders. Do not talk out of turn or just for the sake of adding to a conversation. Identify a conversation. Identify your position in the team and how your role fits into larger scheme of things. In the initial few days, apart from learning the work, you also ought to learn the work culture and understand the protocol. So take it one step at a time.

Nobody expects you to know everything right from day one. So if you are unsure of a process, now is the time to ask. However, it’s important to ask the right kind of questions. Assessment of new team members is largely based on the kind of questions they ask because it reflects their thought process when new team members come up with a probable solution for any problem they face, irrespective of whether it is correct or incorrect. When you blankly start shooting questions, it only indicates that you have not applied any thought to it and are waiting to be spoon fed.

No matter what, you cannot escape the knowledge shower in the first few days at your new jobs and if you think you are a Superhuman who can remember all of it, you are in for trouble. A job hopper confesses to have learnt it the hard way, It’s best to make notes and refer to them occasionally if you don’t want to be asking the same doubts over and over again or repeating the same mistakes. Be wanted as it reflects badly on you as a professional for it could be interpreted as lack of interest or willingness to learn, and / or lack of attention to detail; in the worst scenario you could be tagged as plain dumb. Plan yourself well so that you can deliver quality work on time.

Errors are bound to happen since you are new to the job. Trying to justify your stand or passing the buck around will only win you a negative cookie. Accept responsibility and learn from your mistake. Many people falter here as they get defensive or shrug off the responsibility. Your attitude shows through in everything you do. Even in the face of criticism, you have to hold on. It’s important to accept criticism constructively. Strive to learn from your mistakes. Even experienced professionals make mistakes, so while making mistakes is acceptable being unable to learn from them is disgusting. Even worse is the situation wherein people try to evade their responsibility.

In an attempt to set the right impression do not lose your individuality. Be yourself, but be appropriate for the situation. Express your individuality effectively. But in the bargain, do not get aggressive. Be open to ideas and think logically. If you want to voice a criticism, do it with a positive touch without offending the concerned person.

It’s important to be on the same page as your colleagues / supervisors. You have a regular chat with your colleagues / seniors during the initial three to four months. Request for feedback and work on them effectively. When you change jobs the most important thing is being able to adapt yourself to your new work and workplace. Be ready to unlearn and learn. Work towards fitting into the office dynamics. You ought to be flexible.