Friday, August 5, 2011

Preparing for Your New Job

If you’re about to embark on a new job with a new employer, don’t be surprised if you experience some uncertainty as you prepare for the transition. After all, changing jobs is one of life’s biggest changes. You may question your ability to perform well in your new role or to adapt to the culture and office politics. Or maybe you’re worried about establishing new working relationships. The following tips can help minimize your concerns and prepare you for your new job before you start.

  • Carefully review your official job offer and clarify any points of contention or uncertainty before accepting the job, or at least before your start date.
  • Take a tour of the office and check out your new workspace.
  • Ask your manager or a human resources representative what will take place on your first day. For example, are there documents you need to bring or should you plan to attend a new-hire orientation?
  • Familiarize yourself with the people and/or roles in your department. If an organizational chart exists, review it to get a big picture of the organization’s structure.
  • Talk with your manager about his or her expectations and priorities for the first several weeks so you can hit the ground running.
  • Get up to speed on the company by reviewing any available information on company goals and objectives, policies, processes, and key projects.
  • Ask your manager to help facilitate an introductory lunch with new team members, preferably before, but certainly within a few days of, your start date.
  • Get personal matters organized, such as lining up childcare and making sure you have appropriate attire.
  • Avoid taking on other major life changes at the same time (when possible) to allow yourself time to get acclimated to your new job.

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