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How to get started with your new company

  1. Take a deep breath and relax. The newness will be gone shortly and you'll soon learn the ropes, know everyone and feel right at home.
  2. Think critically about yourself. Other than the interview, your new boss and colleagues might not know you that well. Make a personal list of your strengths and weaknesses and be aware of how you come across when you first meet others. Make an effort to lead with your strengths, and diminish your weaknesses. For example, if you naturally tend to speak more than you listen, make an effort to let others speak more than you do. If you tend to let others reach out to you first, make an effort to introduce yourself.
  3. Be humble. You might have much more talent or experience than your new colleagues, but there's always a learning curve to overcome. Listen more than you talk. This can be particularly tough if you've been seen as an expert at your old firm. Remember the proverb, “Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps his mouth shut."
  4. Watch what you say. Colleagues will likely question your integrity if you divulge any proprietary information about a prior employer, even if you aren't legally bound to keep quiet. Try to stay on the positive side when your do offer insights about your past employers.
  5. Differentiate yourself. It can be tough to exceed a boss's expectations early into a job, but there are small ways you can stand out. For example, volunteer if your boss asks for someone in your group to take an extra task. Complete an assignment a day or so before it's due. The first several weeks, come to work early, and leave late. Be careful, however, not to jump in too fast. You don't have to be a superhero.
  6. Request feedback. In the first month, ask for your boss's opinion of how you're doing on a weekly basis. Then scale back to once every two to three weeks to avoid giving the impression that you lack confidence. If it's not clear, also find out what's expected of you in the weeks ahead. With some managers you won't know unless you ask.
  7. Build your network. Get to know and stay in touch with professionals in support roles throughout the company. You'll boost your odds of quickly gaining their help when you need it because the request won't be coming out of left field.
  8. Stay positive. No matter what company you work for, obstacles will always arise and problems will always exist. Avoid affirming other people's negative comments. Instead, focus on being the best you can be.