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Tips for settling into your new role

Settling into a new role can be an intimidating process, especially in an environment that may not be particularly gender balanced. This International Women’s Day, we’ve put together some tip tips to help you settle into your new role to hit the ground running.

1. Have confidence

You’ve already been successful throughout the application process and been offered the job, which means the organisation thinks you're a great fit. Have confidence in your ability to carry out the role and this will show in your work.

2. Be authentic

Be your true authentic self in your new role. Try to open up about yourself when speaking to your colleagues and team members. It's important they get to know you as your true self.

3. Display a positive attitude

There are many ways to showcase your positive attitude. Volunteering for upcoming projects and being welcoming to customers and guests is a great first step.

4. Ask questions

Don’t worry about asking questions or asking for clarification on things. Your Manager and team will expect you to have questions as you ease into your new role.  

5. Take notes as you’re learning new material

You might think you’ve a stellar memory, but it can be difficult to remember all of the new material you’re taught during your orientation and training. Taking notes allows you to review challenging content in detail if necessary.

6. Seek feedback from your Manager during your first few weeks of work

Proactively ask your Manager if there are any steps you can take to improve your work performance. Your Manager will likely be impressed with your initiative and be happy to provide feedback to help you excel in your role. 

7. Make a plan

It’s important to know what you want to get out of your new role. By making a plan when you start, you can work towards this throughout your time in this role and track your progress throughout.

8. Find a mentor

Mentors can be a really valuable way for you to get support and advice throughout your career. Mentors tend to be senior people in your organisation that you build a relationship with who can offer you advice throughout your career. Put yourself out there to find a mentor within your new company.

9. Understand the company

Get to know the business when you first start. Understanding the company culture, Executive Board, policies and processes and values will help you get a firm understanding of the business.

Adjusting to a new role doesn't have to be an intimidating process. By following the tips above, you can put yourself on the fast track to success in your new work environment. 

About the Author

Before starting in recruitment, I studied Marketing and Advertising at University. I am a die-hard Manchester United fan and have an interest in just about any sport.