One of the most exciting times in a professional’s career is starting a new job. However, with excitement comes challenges and sometimes stress. If you can prepare yourself for the transition before your first day in your new role, you can reduce the difficulties and concentrate on enjoying yourself instead.
Expect the unexpected
The first few weeks of a new job can often be difficult. Even seasoned professionals say that starting a new job can be a tough task. As a professional, you should realise that the job will never be exactly as you expected. However if you anticipate the challenges ahead, your transition into the new organisation will be much smoother.
Be prepared to adjust
A new job means new relationships, new ways of doing things and different expectations. This can be as simple as having to learn new processes, get to grips with new systems and even finding your way around an unfamiliar building. The way you worked in your previous role may have become second nature, but that doesn’t mean you can’t adapt to your new workplace.
In order to ensure that your new role starts well, it is important that you let go of your old boss. You may have worked fantastically together and loved the way he/she managed your team, but your new boss has new priorities, a new focus and almost certainly new ways of doing things.
Find out what’s needed
It is important to figure out your boss’s communication style, find out how they like to work and how they like things done. For example, does the new boss like one-on-one meetings or team meetings? Are they interested in details or do they prefer an overview? Finding out information like this will help smooth the way in the early days.
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