Transitioning into a new job isn’t always easy, no matter how excited you are about the opportunity. But there are a few things you can do to smooth the transition process. Just follow these simple tips, and you’ll feel like an old hand at your new job in no time.
How Can You Smoothly Transition into a New Role?
Update Your Network
As soon as you officially accept your new role, let your professional network know. Update your LinkedIn. Post on social media. Also, consider sending a mass email to your work contacts. You don’t have to make a big deal out of it, but the sooner you update everything, the sooner you will get closure from your past position.
Being “the new person” can feel isolating, so it’s important to jump right in. Sign up for company events, from seminars to after-hours baseball games. Invite a coworker to lunch. Volunteer for special projects. The more you get involved with your new company, the sooner you’ll start feeling like part of the team.
Even if you’ve been in your field for a long time, every company does things slightly differently. Ask your new coworkers for help rather than assuming you know exactly what to do. Also ask for their opinions on the company culture and how you can make a good impression on the boss.
A huge part of starting a new job is training. Always take notes when something is explained so that you’ll know how to do it again. You’ll look organized, eager, and incredibly capable—all very good things for a new employee.
Show Respect to Your Previous Employer
No matter why you left your former job, keep it to yourself. Nothing good can come from starting drama. Show your new coworkers that you are polite, professional, and trustworthy by sticking to general statements. Find something positive to say, even if you left under less than ideal circumstances.
Fitting in at a new job can feel daunting. But following the simple tips above will help you put your best foot forward.