New Hire Survival Kit

You went through the job search process. You aced the interviews. You got a job offer and accepted it. Now it’s time for your first day! Are you ready?

Starting a new job can be an intimidating experience. Learning new processes, policies, procedures, systems, and software can be overwhelming. Meeting many new people all at once, and trying to learn everything each of them does can get confusing.

So how do you come out of the gate like a champion Kentucky Derby horse at your new job? You need to have confidence in yourself, be willing to learn fast and absorb everything about your new position, be super organized, and network like crazy.

Here are some tips and tricks that will give you a head start in your new position. Check them out below.

Have Confidence in Yourself

In any new journey you begin in life, you must have confidence, and this includes starting a new job. You have to be confident in your skills and abilities. Chances are you have already done similar tasks and duties that your new position will entail. Whether you’re an analyst or a writer, you know your craft, so be confident that you will meet and exceed expectations from day one!

Hard work and preparation will go a long way in making you more confident. If you give your best effort every day, your coworkers and managers will take notice, and this positive feedback will make you even more confident. Use this confidence and energy for your work and it will be a wonderful cycle of confidence! If you have an assignment due or a presentation to give, start preparing well ahead of time so you are not rushed. The more you prepare, the more confident you will be.

Learn Fast and Absorb It All

Any time you start something new, or do something for the first time, there will be a learning curve. Every company has different processes and procedures for getting things done. They have different policies that employees have to follow. Some companies have proprietary systems and software that they only use internally. Learning all this at once can be a challenge.

Everyone learns best in different ways, so do whatever works for you. Play with the software and figure it out along the way, watch training videos to understand the process for completing a specific task, or read the policies and procedures at your new organization. Do whatever works for you!

Be Super Organized

Organization is the key to getting things done efficiently. If you know exactly where everything is, you won’t have to take time to look for it when you need it. When starting a new job, it can be hard to stay organized because you are still putting all the pieces of the puzzle together. How can you organize something when you’re not sure what it is?

The best way to do this is to take as many notes as possible from the first day of your new job. Literally, write down everything you can in a notepad. Put different ideas, thoughts, and tasks each on their own page. Then, when you learn something new about that specific thing, refer back to its note page and add to it. Eventually you will have a lot of notes, and they will be organized by specific ideas, thoughts, and tasks. This will help you when organizing everything else for your new job, including files, assignments, and even your time.

Network Like Crazy

Even before you begin your new job, you need to start networking. Remember the people that interviewed you because you never know when you will work with or need them. Once you start, the real networking begins. Make sure to remember the names, job titles, and job responsibilities of everyone you meet at your new company. It can seem like a lot at first, but you will thank yourself later when you are trying to get things done.

Networking is not just about remembering people, it is about building relationships with your coworkers, managers, and leadership. Many of these people have been right where you are, and have valuable advice to help you. Add them on LinkedIn to grow your professional network. Keep in touch with them on a regular basis, even if it’s only asking how they’re doing. Networking and building positive professional relationships will help you immensely in your career.

Meet our Author!

My HeadshotBy Jennifer Cruse| Senior Social Media Strategist

Jennifer attended West Virginia University and earned both a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations and a Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications. She began working for a group of colleges before graduating with her Master’s. In this role, Jennifer helped manage all marketing activities. This included more traditional marketing like TV and radio, and also modern marketing like social media and digital ad campaigns. Jennifer is experienced in creating high-level strategies and operational tactics. She believes marketing is both an art and a science, because it takes an artist to create and a scientist to measure the results. Jennifer is super excited to be in her current role as Senior Social Strategist at Sutherland! When not working, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her two sons. Playing outside, swimming, and basketball are some of their favorite things to do! She also enjoys reading about all things science and technology!

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