Women at Work: How to Impress at Your New Job
I'm back with my next installment of Women at Work! today is all about how to impress at your new job.
Starting a new job can be a lot of things: exciting, stressful, and fun. But with all of the change happening, you somehow have to also put your best foot forward every day and impress your new team and manager.
I'm absolutely not saying I know it all or that I impress 100% of the time, but as I've changed jobs and career paths a few times in the last few years, I've picked up some tips and tricks along the way. Without further ado:
one // ask a lot of questions
Even if you've been in a certain field for ten years, there's bound to be something about your new role or company that you don't know. I understand the instinct or temptation to go in and act like you know it all (!!), but give yourself a period of time (a few weeks or a month) where you're allowed to—and should!—ask a lot of questions. Trust me, it's way better to ask them now and get them out of the way vs. waiting until you're three months in to ask where the printer is.
two // offer to help out—with anything and everything
My go-to move at a new job is to offer to help out wherever you can. Even if it doesn't fall under your job description, and even if it's something you've never done before, just lend a helping hand where you can. People will immediately see you as someone they can count on to get the job done, and will want to work with you again.
three // meet everyone + show interest
The first few weeks or months of a job, try to meet as many new faces as possible. I do this by scheduling coffee walks to get out of the office, check out my new neighborhood, and treat my new co-workers to something special. The more people around the company you can speak to, the more information you'll have—and the more friends you'll have, too.
four // say yes
I am someone who lives by the phrase, "say yes now, and figure it out later". If someone asks if you want to be involved in a project or take on something new, say yes, and figure out how to do it later. I always try to position myself as someone who can take on the world, and while I'm not saying you should over-extend yourself or say yes to thinks you have no idea how to do, I am saying your first instinct at a new job should be to try and say yes as much as you can.
five // always be doing something
When I started my most recent role, I was heads down pretty much immediately. I don't wait for people to give me projects—if I have nothing to do, I'll research the company, read everything on our website, scour through past projects or files from the person who did my job before me, and meet with people around the company. If there's no super structured on-boarding program or if you're finding yourself with nothing to do, take the initiative to fill your own time with exercises that will be useful down the road.
six // set boundaries
I put in extra time when I start a new job, but it's also smart to communicate your boundaries upfront. For me, this means not replying to emails after hours unless it truly is urgent—and this is an expectation I set upfront, from the get-go. Putting in the hard work doesn't have to mean that you're working 24/7.