Finding Success in a New Job
You’ve landed your dream job: you now need to make yourself indispensable. Here’s how.
It’s a common occurrence: we put so much time and effort into perfecting our resume, writing the perfect cover letter, setting up the best interviews, and doing everything we can to land the perfect job – but once you’re successful, few people know exactly what they need to do to retain their new job and to make themselves indispensable.
Never underestimate the importance of first impressions. It’s human nature to make judgements and draw conclusions about people you first meet them – everyone does it, even though most people won’t admit to it. For that reason, the first few days of your new job are incredibly important, as these are the days when you will be creating your first impression.
Yes, the first few days of any new job are stressful and nerve racking, and we know we are only making things worse by pointing out the significance of making a good impression. But if you keep this tip in mind, you’ll be more likely to concentrate on building solid working relationships with your co-workers and superiors, increasing the likelihood that the people you work with will respect you and will collaborate with you in the future.
Understand Your Position
It probably goes without saying, but it is vitally important that you understand your position and your role within the company. It is not good enough to adopt the attitude that you will pick things up as you go a long – this will become entirely evident to your co-workers and superiors when they talk to you in your first few days, so make sure you ask all the questions you need to ask for you begin.
You need to understand the work that you will be expected to do, as well as the role that your work has within the overall company. For example, if you work as a translator, you may understand that you will be assigned translation documents, but do you know what happens to the documents after you finished your translation?
Having an understanding of the workflow within an office will make it easier for you to have those awkward initial conversations your first few days.
The Bigger Picture
Similarly, it is important to learn as much as you can about the company you’re going to be working for. Take some time to research the company’s history as well as their plans for the future, and learn as much as you can about products and services that the company delivers. Ideally you will be able to understand your role in the business within the context of the company’s role within society. Any questions that you have about this should be asked as soon as possible after you start work. The longer you leave it, the less appropriate it will be for you to ask these kinds of questions later.
A fine balance must be struck between being conscientious and completing your work diligently, and being a team player and getting to know your colleagues and superiors. Ideally, a perfect balance will be struck whereby you complete your work during the set working hours and make the time to socialise with and get to know your new colleagues at lunchtime and after work.
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