Starting a new job can be stressful: there are systems to learn and people to meet, all while you are trying to establish yourself. It’s easy to get overwhelmed. But with the right mindset and these three simple tools, you’ll be a superstar in no time.
Be Curious There’s a lot to learn, yes, but remember that the it’s not just the tasks that are important, but understanding the why. If something doesn’t make sense, ask questions. It’s good to know the history or the decision makers involved even if doesn’t make a lot of sense now. Later, it will click and you will be able to make bigger jumps when the time comes because you already have the understanding of how the process was created.
Connect I know there is a lot on your plate to understand the job, but learning the players is crucial. You may be tempted to stay behind to read that document again, but instead make the effort to go to lunch with your new colleagues. Or set up coffee dates or zoom calls to get to know individuals better. Sure, ask them about their role, but the more you know about them as people – likes, dislikes, hobbies, kids- the better you will be able to work with them.
Be Clear I have found that the first 6 months role there is a huge opportunity to fill gaps, as you aren’t bogged down with long and winding histories and personalities. Ask your boss, your colleagues and other stakeholder about the objectives of your department, role, or project – and I’ll bet you get as many different answers as people you ask. But in the overlap you will find crystal clear needs that aren’t being met. If you can articulate a solution to this objective – the simpler the better- your new company will be wowed.
By following these 3Cs — Curious, Connect and Clear — you’ll be making an impact at your new workplace in no time. And remember to get your sleep! When you sleep your brain is able to connect the concepts you are learning all day. You are learning a lot, which is exciting, so be sure to give yourself the downtime to recover.
If you’d like to talk more about being successful at work and finding careers that matter, send me an email – email@example.com Sara Madera is an executive coach and frequent CRCE speaker.