Congrats! You Got the Job! Now the Real Work Begins…
You applied, interviewed, waited by the phone, and finally received the call. You got the job! At first, you celebrated your success; however, it wasn’t long until the reality and the nerves of starting a new job set in. Although starting a new job can be intimidating, there are ways to make the transition into a new job easier.
One way to make the transition into a new job easier is to have clear communication with your employer as well as your coworkers. According to a report by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, verbal communication is the most important skill that employers look for in a college graduate; therefore, showing that you are able to communicate in the workplace can determine your success in your new job. During the first few weeks in your new position, communication often consists of asking questions, listening, demonstrating that you comprehended the feedback you were given, and putting it into action. Asking questions and utilizing input shows your employer and coworkers that you value their opinion and that you want to be an effective member of the team. The way that you communicate during your first few days at a job can leave a lasting impression and impact your time with the company.
Hopefully you researched the company before your interview, but it is a good idea to review your research before starting your new job. To prepare yourself to start at a new company, you will want to research who works for the company, the size of the company, and the company’s core values. Once you are familiar with these areas, you will have a better understanding of the culture of your new workplace and how well you will fit in.
While you transition into your new job, it is important to manage your expectations as well as your employer’s expectations. Even though you may be coming from a similar position at another company, you will still need time to adjust to how your new company functions. They hired you with confidence that you would be able to succeed in the position; however, they also understand that you will need time to adjust and settle in. During this time, it is helpful to keep the lines of communication open and let them know the areas that you are struggling in and the areas that you feel that you are succeeding.
Receiving a job offer is a cause for celebration and excitement, but don’t forget that during this time of transition the real work is just starting.