How to Settle into a New Job – Part Two

In Part One of this blog, we looked at some tips on how to settle into a new job. This time, we’ll give you some more tips on what to do, and also what not to do!

It’s Only New Today – Tomorrow it’s the New Normal

Simply put, new is scary. And that’s just how it should be. If it wasn’t scary, it would mean you’ve done it all before or are simply following to the letter what someone else has already carved out. And that doesn’t sound like much fun at all, right? It also means you’re not pushing yourself – you haven’t moved up – you’ve moved sideways. 

But now it’s day one – and your brain lights up like a Christmas tree when you’re in a new situation where the outcome is uncertain, so the fear you feel about starting a new job is just your brain doing what it’s supposed to do. The real problem then is thinking that your fear and anxiety is a problem. It isn’t. It’s perfectly normal. When that part of you that’s scared of the new starts to scream at you, give yourself room to pause. Reassure yourself that you’ve come this far, tell yourself that you’re not going to die, and press on through that fear. I promise; with time, this too shall pass.

Remember Why You’re There

The fearfulness of a brand-new job in a big new building – or even at home – can easily make you forget what you’re doing there in the first place – that excitement and buzz get swapped out for fear and trepidation.

So, it’s helpful to remember why you’re there. Right off the bat, remember that you’re at your new workplace because you were selected – among all the dozens of candidates – as the best person for the job. Your employers have faith in you and want you to succeed, and their job is to help you flourish in the role.

Secondly, remind yourself why you got excited about landing the job. Whether it’s because of what you get to do, how you get to grow, the value you get to bring, or the difference you get to make, those are the things to focus on and remember.

The fearfulness of a brand-new job in a big new building – or even at home - can easily make you forget what you're doing there in the first place

Don’t Be Afraid of Making A Mistake

In any job, there will be things you don’t know and areas outside your comfort zone. Don’t shy away from these. Instead, take a positive stance, and treat failure the same way you treat success – as an opportunity to learn. Mistakes lead to experience, experience leads to wisdom, wisdom leads to instinct and instinct leads to faster decision making. If you’re not making mistakes, you’re doing yourself a disservice – and just as importantly, you are doing your new company a disservice as well. To settle into a new job is never easy, but if you are true to yourself, ask questions and aren’t afraid of mistakes – you’ll prove to both yourself and your employer why you are exceptional.

So, we’ve talked about what you should be doing in a new role, but there are a few things you definitely don’t want to do as you settle into a new job. 

Don’t get ahead of yourself. It is good to be ambitious, but if you are employed in a junior role, you should not be striving to become the director within the first month. Ask questions and learn in the first few weeks; only offer your suggestions at suitable times or when prompted. 

Don’t criticise your new or former employers or colleagues. You’re quite likely to get rejected at interview stage if you criticise your current employer. This will not win you any new best friends.

Settling into a new job can be daunting, but your manager and colleagues will understand that it takes a while to settle into the new job role, and some people adapt faster than others. Be you, be calm, listen, be open, be aware of all new experiences, take time to learn. Before you know it, you’ll feel confident and part of the team and you’ll be set up for a successful career in your new organisation.

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