A new job doesn’t have to be within a different industry. Even a promotion that has you occupying a bigger office can be difficult when it is something you haven’t done before. If you’re about to take on a tough job, the butterflies in your gut can begin flying around at hurricane-force speeds. Here’s how you can make that transition into a new position a little easier.
#1. Look for what remains the same. Even if the new job has you completely changing the role you’ve held in a company for years, the new position is going to have some similarities to what you’ve done in the past. Look for these similarities and make them a primary part of your working day for the first couple of months in your new position. This will become your comfort zone and let you settle into the new job a little easier.
#2. Take on a mentor so you can ask questions. There is never a stupid question when you’re in a new position. Many people fail to ask questions because it would make them look bad in front of a new team. This is where having a mentor who can help you begin the onboarding process into a new position is highly beneficial. You can ask the mentor any question and you won’t feel embarrassed or look inexperienced. If there isn’t an onboarding policy where you’ve got this new job, then ask to create one.
#3. Always take some time for yourself. Whenever you begin a new position, the stress loads seem to be magnified for the first 6 months at the very minimum. It is extremely important that you take time for yourself every day so that you can always be at your best. You might need to work longer hours or perform at a different speed than you’re used to doing, so eating right, sleeping at night, and taking regular breaks will be incredibly important.
#4. Set small, achievable goals for every day. Feedback is one of the most critical components of starting a new job. Without an evaluation of your performance, you won’t really know where you stand in comparison to the expectations that others have of you. Make sure that you’re setting goals to hit every day and then have regular feedback every month [or even every week] to make sure you’re on the right path.
#5. Don’t get stuck. You’re responsible for your overall professional development. Relying on others to challenge you is a recipe that is certain to bring about a disaster. Make sure that you’re always looking for ways to enhance your skills, but don’t get stuck just worrying about yourself. If you find opportunities that can help your team or your entire organization, then take advantage of them so that everyone can win.
New jobs are tough because they require us to do different tasks within a different routine. By incorporating these specific methods into each day, you’ll find that the worrisome edge to that new job can be dulled just a bit.