Starting a New Job? Use These Tips to Ease Your Job Transition
Over the course of our careers, there will likely be several times when we transition from one role to another; this might be a promotion within a company, or moving to a new organization. Starting a new job can be nerve-wracking, but if you’re fully prepared for the switch, there’s no need to be afraid!
It’s never too late to look for a new career. In this article, we’ll look at the top 10 tips to help you prepare for transitioning into a new role. With our advice, you can look forward to the next exciting step in your career!
- Have Confidence in Your Abilities
Before you even consider starting a new job, it’s a good idea to take some time to note down all of your strengths, knowledge, and experience. This will help you to update your Cover Letter or Resume effectively, and apply for jobs that are a good fit for your career aspirations. During an interview, you will most likely be asked to describe your employment history.
It is crucial to know your resume and experience inside-out; it can be helpful to ask a friend or relative to sit with you while you prepare so that you become confident not only outlining your experience but discussing the ways in which your skills are transferable to a new role. In an interview, speak positively and self-assuredly about what you can bring to the role, and you’ll be sure to impress!
- Leave on a Positive Note
Once you have secured a new role, it’s important to ensure that you tie up all of the loose ends in your current job. Not only does it help to ensure business continuity, but you will leave a positive lasting impression upon your former co-workers and managers. If you require a reference or happen to encounter former colleagues in the future, the time and energy you invest when leaving your current job will pay dividends.
- Make a Great First Impression
You’ll never have a second chance to make a first impression. In fact, people tend to form impressions of one another within just seven seconds. Make them count. On the night before your first day, select a smart outfit and ensure that it is clean and pressed. When meeting your new manager and colleagues, be polite and courteous, smile, and make eye contact. Take the time to learn names, and be as helpful as you can from the start.
- Meet With Your Manager
Most managers will set some time aside to welcome new workers, but if this is not the case in your organization, arrange some one-to-one time with your manager. An initial meeting gives you the opportunity to introduce yourself (particularly if your manager was not involved in the interview process), learn more about the day-to-day specifics of the role, confirm your training curriculum, and discuss any administrative aspects of the role.
- Get to Know Your New Team
Facilitate effective teamwork by getting to know your new colleagues. An informal lunch or coffee break gives you the opportunity to share experiences, build rapport, and find out a little more about the role from the people who are actually doing it. Be mindful not to engage in any gossip or criticism of the role, management, or company; although long-term employees may wish to share gripes, you must always be professional and remain neutral.
- Establish Expectations
Work with your line manager, project managers, and colleagues to establish how you will fit in the team, and what their expectations are. Your job description should be available from your first day, and work should be reviewed regularly to ensure that your resource is utilized appropriately. When tasks are assigned, confirm the deadline and any milestones in advance.
Find out your team’s preferred communication methods; some colleagues will prefer to meet in person or over the phone, while others like to have discussions captured by email. Often there will be a mix. You may be required to attend regular meetings; ensure that you are invited by the meeting organizer. It is also a good idea to check that you have been added to all relevant mailing lists and workgroups.
- Take Training Opportunities
A training curriculum should be available within the first few days of beginning a new role. As well as the required training, look for opportunities to expand your knowledge and experience. Be candid with your line manager; if there is a particular skill you would like to acquire while working in your role, let them know.
Managers are often impressed with employees who wish to develop. If you a working on a particularly challenging task, take it as an opportunity to learn from colleagues and build your experience. The more confident you feel with the training material, the more likely you will excel in your new role.
- Record Your Achievements From Day 1
Hard work pays off. Whenever you are recognized by a colleague or manager, make sure to keep a record of it. Save copies of positive communications in a specific folder; you can give it a modest name if you wish!
As uncomfortable as you may be to shout about your achievements, having a record of them is helpful during the annual review process, as well as occasions in the future when you may be a candidate for promotion. Allow your work to speak for itself on a day-to-day basis, but do not be afraid to take pride in your accomplishments at the right time.
- Don’t be Afraid to Speak Up
Whilst it is not advisable to engage in gossip or inappropriate criticism in your new role, if you do discover a process that is inefficient, a practice that can be improved, or a situation that places employees in danger, don’t be afraid to speak up. Raise the issue with your line manager in the first instance, and work with them to suggest improvement. If a safety issue arises, escalate to the responsible person or department.
- Enjoy Yourself!
Finally, enjoy your new role! Remember that you have earned your place; embrace your career change, take pride in your work, and appreciate the brand-new challenges ahead. Continue to grow and work on your skills, and challenge yourself to always do better. Lastly, enjoy your new colleagues and the relationships you will form with them while working together.
Feel Confident About Starting a New Job?
Your first job is important for building your future, so continue building your success by growing in new, challenging roles. If you’re looking to switch up your career, speak with an employment agency, who will be able to help you to identify suitable roles, support you in the application process, and prepare you for an interview.
If you’re based in Hawaii and looking to start a new job, contact Aloha International Employment for friendly and expert guidance. Browse our job openings and grow your skills and experience when you transition into a new career.