Any new job can seem intimidating and awkward, especially on the first day. While this is normal, there are steps you can take to make things a lot less awkward in your new job. Doing this one thing can greatly increase your experience in being positive as you traverse a brand new job.
Get connected to some of your co-workers before you start your new job.
That’s it – it’s really simple to hear. But, how can this be accomplished? Here are some ways to accomplish this.
- First, check with your friends and family members to see if they know anyone who works for the company. You’d be surprised to find that there are many people who may have either worked there in the past or are working there now that you can connect with.
- Second, browse through your social networks to locate people who work for the company. LinkedIn is a good place to start this research. Check to see what connections you have that are either employed with your company or have connections in their network who are. Reach out to these folks, letting them know you are starting work soon and look forward to meeting them.
- Lastly, work with your staffing agency to match you up with another current temporary employee on the job. This can be someone who may be working in your department, or it could be a staffing agent that can share a lot of insight into the client and be a resource when you have questions.
When you start your new job, make it your goal to get connected with your colleagues there. Be part of things, step up and accept new challenges, and be viewed as someone who is worth getting to know. Be friendly and introduce yourself to others. Come up with great ideas and support the success of yourself and others on your team.
By connecting socially, you will be well on your way to a long term successful career and a great new experience in a new role.