Friday, March 20, 2015

4 things to do when you switch to a new job

There could be multiple reasons why one would be switching his/her job. It could be one or combinations multiple factors like financial stability, career growth, better opportunity, change in roles/responsibilities, personal reasons or just for the heck of it. Switching to a new job is a time consuming process. You will have to serve your notice with your current employer and make sure that you are having a smooth transition. There will always be some excitement on joining a new company. Whatever may be the case, have these 4 thumb rules in mind before you enter your new workplace.

1. Be Humble
  You may have gotten recruited for a top post or a junior level. The first thing you have to express in any new job is humility. You will have to get up to speed with what is happening in the current job. This at times may be coming from someone lower to your experience/skills. However, you should never let your 'me' get in-between this knowledge gathering process. For instance, all you were asked to do was some mundane/manual work or an errand to run. Remember it is not the time to show resistance or disscontempt. Embrace it.

2. Meet and Greet
  As a new joinee, one often tends to hide behind the scenes and try to spend most of the time in front of a monitor reading documents and expect everyone to just come and talk to you. Practically, that is not going to happen. So, be proactive and talk to all the people at least in the team that you are put into. Make sure you remember the names of all the persons in your team and try to join them for lunches and coffee breaks.

3. Refresh yourself
  It is always a good way to start things fresh given a new environment/job and a new set of people. Try to analyse the types of mistakes you did in the past jobs and the situations where you might have felt bad for some of the things you did. Make sure that you do not repeat these mistakes in the new workplace. Its a very good opportunity to start over with a clean slate.

4. Put that "extra" effort
  One of the main things most of the new candidates will overlook is the fact that they are under the scanner from day one. Any new job requires a sharp learning curve, may it be the business process, the technology stack, new language to adapt, new jargons to learn and altogether a brand new team. This is the time to make sure that you get all the details about the new environment, even the the nitty gritty ones as soon as possible. This is also the crucial process where you could showcase that you are the right person for the job and that you really care about the team and stakeholders who put you there.



Arun said...

awesome article :)

prapanchapriyan said...

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