Starting a New Job, with a New Employer

by | May 3, 2018 | Hive Five

5 Tips

1. Reflect on the past.
Jot down the circumstances that led to you getting a new job. Was there anything significant about the journey or process? Are there any thoughts or feelings from the past that might get in the way of the future? Acknowledge them and watch out for them.

2. First 30 days.
Remember to cover off the practical basics. Ask someone to show you how to use the tech, find the coffee machine and learn about important policies or practices. Listen out for the unspoken rules or ways of working too.

3. The job itself.
Build your understanding of what is expected of you. Got a job or role description? Great! No such luck – then ask people who should know your priorities (like your manger) and observe others doing work similar to your own.
 
4. Act like a sponge.
Scour the company website/s, talk to people, listen and learn. Anything about history, purpose, goals and targets will help set your role in context.

5. Be manager aware.
Most people have one of these. Likelihood is they are as keen for you to succeed as you are! Work at getting to know them.

5 Actions

1. Tune in.
Starting something new can stir up a mix of emotions. It’s perfectly normal. Pause for 5 minutes today and check in with yourself. Try to recognise if you are getting anxious about being anxious and remember to breathe!
 
2. Don’t forget to ask.
If you haven’t been offered an induction go ask – right now. Even if it’s an informal hour with a colleague it’s likely to be useful.

3. Get your sh*t together.
Get on to Amazon right now and order Sara Knight’s hilarious book ‘Get Your Sh*t Together’. Think keys + phone + wallet = strategy (plan) + focus + commitment. Job done.

4. Practice some mindful listening.
Spend 15 or 30 minutes today actively listening to someone talk about something important at work.

5. Partner with Notebook Mentor.
Take a look at ēniteō’s sister company Notebook Mentor. Order and work through the mentoring notebook on ‘The first 90 days in my new job’.

Key advice: don’t expect to be able to complete all these tips and actions quickly. There’s lots to be done. Start and be patient and thorough.

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