Moving from one job to another isn’t easy especially if you’re attached to your current workplace. Your final weeks at your job are some of the bitterest you’ll experience because you’re going to miss some of your co-workers, your routine and being involved with your company. You must transition to a new job with new responsibilities, compensation, benefits, and co-workers. This is the reason why transitioning from one job to another isn’t easy, but there may be a time that you have to switch from one job to another or alternatively, pick up a second job in order to make ends meet. The first 90 days at your new job is called the probationary period. In this blog, we’ll share some tips that will help you transition to a new job successfully.
When you change careers, you can experience roller-coaster emotional feelings. With a better job opportunity, you’ll be excited at the beginning, but the moment you enter your new workplace you will have to face reality with change and to the possibility of having to jump through hoops and over some obstacles. Some people can quickly fit in while with others it will some time. Whatever the case may be you should always maintain a positive attitude towards your new working environment. As time goes on, you’ll become accustomed to your new employer and your new co-workers.
Know Your Routine
Research shows that it took an average of eight (8) months for unemployed individuals to find a new job. This means that there are some habits or routines that you develop in this period that might affect how you transition into a new job. Breaking these bad habits can be a challenge for some people. A good way to adapt to your new job is to manage your routine carefully, and this will help increase your effectiveness and efficiency.
Get Involved in Your Company Culture
If you really want to fit in very well with the new company, you may want to participate in the various companies’ activities and do all you can to adapt to their overall culture. If you’re hired by a company it means they found a lot of value in you and your skills. You can adapt to the company’s culture by making office norms your personal habits. For example, A norm of accountability will help make your organization successful.
Observe How Things Are Going On
When you’re new to a workplace environment there is a need to focus your attention and observe your co-workers and see how they’re running things, this will help you to grasp the behaviors and attitudes of the people that are around you and how to go with the flow. You should take note of the different things that are going on around you and how people react in certain situations. Being self-aware is a trait of any good leader. Being a good leader requires being a good observer. Being a good observer is more than just self-awareness. Observing oneself is essential, but observing others provides one a way of looking at things from another’s point of view.
One of the important things to take note is how your boss reacts to situations. There may be problems that you can solve in the company based on this observation. In general, you should take the time to understand how your company functions. Think of ways to improve the current status quo. It can be risky but challenging the status quo can be a great way to get ahead in business.
Set Yourself Goals
Wherever you are, you should set goals; make a list of clear goals that you want to achieve, you should have both short-term and long-term goals. Set the goals you want to achieve within the first three (3) months of your new job, plan on how you want to improve yourself. Great goal setting means you can take steps towards improving any aspect of work that’s relevant and specific to you, building on professional knowledge, skills, and effective workplace practices.
Connect with People
Relationships are very important in any work environment. The type of people you are connecting with is going to play a great role in your career; relationships can help you excel in your career. With the right co-workers, you can definitely adapt to new working environments quickly. There is the need to accept various invitations from your colleagues as long as it’s not going to affect your time management. Try as much as you can to network with people and build relationships with people that have a positive mindset just like you.
These are just a few tips that will help you transition to a new job and if you need any help regarding your job transition either with a severance agreement from your previous employer or/and an employment agreement with your new employer, please give us a call at Massey & Duffy for a free consultation.