How to Master the Role of “New Hire”
March 16th 2016
Starting a new job can be intimidating, and it doesn’t have to be. With a few key tips on how to maximize your time during the key learning period, while also making friends at work, you can be an even greater asset to your new employer.
So, you landed the job. Congrats! Now here are some tips on how to keep it:
- Read, research, review
It’s no surprise that a key to success is to be a dedicated reader. Take time to read up on your industry, organization, clients, and everything you can that is relevant to your new role and company. Research everyone you’re going to meet in advance and review all documents you’ve been given and everything you’re submitting to understand and ensure accuracy.
- Early bird gets the worm
If your office hours are 9-5, plan to be in your seat and ready to go by 8:45am. This means getting in early, especially if you like to have time to read the news, grab coffee, check your social channels. And, stay later than your boss if you can, demonstrating that you’re available to help out colleagues as necessary.
- Understand company guidelines and policies, especially with regards to social media.
Leadership takes a lot of time to create these standard procedures and it’s better to know than not to know. (Bonus tip: don’t share your excitement for a snow day or how hungover you are on a workday if your boss follows your social channels!)
- Stay curious; ask and group questions
Unsure about something? Don’t be afraid to ask if you’ve already exhausted your resources to figure out it on your own. And, unless you’re being held back by the answer, try to group your questions so that if you have to disrupt a colleague or your boss, you’re maximizing your time and interruption.
- Participate in every meeting.
If you’re invited to a meeting, you should be engaged in that meeting. Listen and contribute something relevant to the conversation. If you’re so new that you don’t know what to contribute, come prepared with questions.
- Say yes, and take initiative
As a newbie, it’s good practice to say yes and be agreeable. Whether it’s “yes, I’d be happy to reorganize your database” or “yes, I’m available on Saturday morning to meet a client who’s in town for breakfast,” saying yes will open doors for you and will help you learn more, faster.
- Learn everyone’s name and network internally
Forgetting someone’s name is an amateur mistake. Make a point to learn names after introductions and address your colleagues by their name whenever possible. And, make time to share meals, coffee, or a workout with new colleagues to get to know them better. Don’t just offer up information about yourself and your experiences, ask questions about their lives too. (Bonus tip: If a colleague mentions they have a pet or child, ask to see a photo.)
- Offer to help out colleagues, especially before leaving at the end of the day
No one wants to be the last person at the office working on a project alone. Always offer to lend a hand and know that when it’s your turn to rely on someone, they’ll be more apt to do so as well.
- Stay organized (electronically and physically)
Determining an organization system that’s right for you can take time, however go into a job knowing what works and what doesn’t. And, while there’s a major debate on messiness and creativity, know that messiness is distracting and can cost you mistakes, missed deadlines, and more, which you don’t want to do early on in a job.
- Smile – you have a new job!
And feel confident that you were hired for the role because you deserve it! Attitude is everything and having a positive one makes all the difference.
By Agatha Capacchione
Agatha is an SVP at Mfa, with a sophisticated and diverse marketing background spanning clients in the worlds of travel, wellness, design, social good, fashion, and technology. She excels at conceptualizing and implementing creative communications programs that deliver for all of her partners while driving her team to provide inspiring, fully-integrated strategies.