You landed the new job! Congrats! But now the real challenge begins – proving yourself.
It may be intuitive for you to focus solely on your new job description your first few weeks. While this is important, by doing just this you may end up missing out on opportunities that can set you up for long-term career success and growth. To find and capitalize on these opportunities, understand how your position supports other areas of the business and begin to build relationship with key individuals in those areas.
By beginning to understand your new environment in this way, you will be able to hit the ground running and immediately bring value to the business. Here are four tips to help you get started.
Strive to Become the Go-to Person
Before introducing yourself to anyone, come up with a 30 second description that explains your position and what you do. Let them know why they should seek you out (what you are capable of) and when they should seek you out (when you are available).
Relay this intro whenever you meet new coworkers to inform them of what you do, help understand the value you are bringing to the table, and why they should come to you. By consistently introducing yourself in such a way, you will develop a reputation of someone who is credible and able to go beyond their job description.
Get to Know a Person of Influence
Find someone like your new manager or project leader and set some time for the two of you to talk. Let them know that you think highly of their knowledge and influence and would like their guidance as you start your new job.
Ask them what other people would be helpful to get to know and ask what information you could get from them. Plan to meet these people within your first month on the job.
Get Out and Meet Each Key Person
Begin building your network of influence by meeting and talking with each individual that was recommended to you. Your main goal here is to listen and understand the ways in which you might be a helpful resource to these people. Get to know their roles, their goals, and the challenges they face so you can better understand how you can assist them.
By building this network and having an understanding of what each individual does within the organization, you will be able to hit the ground running your first month on the job. Learn to go beyond your job description to give yourself a firm foundation upon which to grow and become successful.
Don’t just spend your first month focused on mastering the tasks listed on your new job description. If you do, you’ll pass up valuable opportunities to understand how your role fits into the bigger picture. By taking time to build relationships, listen, and get the lay of the land, you’ll gain momentum in your role and establish yourself as a key player in your new organization.