Six Steps for Job Transitions

“I’m going to need to work out more.” That’s what I’ve jokingly told myself since starting with TTN in May. I didn’t expect so much free food. Among the list of edibles we’ve had at summer events are popcorn, pizza, Perkins muffins, and Potbelly sandwiches.

 This is a small difference from what I expected, but many job transitions contain bigger and less appealing ones.

Some job adjustments can run smoothly, others can be very difficult. Even new jobs that turn out to be a great fit may require a long adjustment period. Following these steps below will help you through that transition:

1)      Understand expectations. Make sure you ask your boss what your expectations are within the first three months. What are the most important contributions that you are expected to make? Ask what fantastic performance would look like in your role. Set that as your goal. You want to reinforce that they made the right decision in hiring you.

2)      Ask for constructive criticism. We all need feedback. It’s valuable and essential for growth. Some managers don’t bring up points of improvement until a review. Be proactive and ask for ways you can improve before that happens.

3)      Show enthusiasm. This point was given by Ritika Trikha in her article “9 Steps to Acing the First 90 Days on the Job.” I’ve read in the past of the importance of showing that you are excited at your new job within the first week, but this is something you must try to keep up during your first few months. You made this move for the better; don’t forget why you made it. All transitions can difficult. Despite the confusions and struggles, remember to stay positive and show that you are thankful for being hired.

4)      Be social. Pay attention to the company culture, and get to know your new coworkers. This involves observing their preferred communication styles and always saying yes when asked to lunch. Don’t pass on opportunities to connect with your new associates. Forming a solid foundation in these relationships will help when struggles and stressful situations arise.

5)      Beware office politics. At some point, you will realize that grass isn’t quite as green as it looked from the other side. Employees may gossip. Avoid those conversations. Others may show poor work ethic. Try not to jump to conclusions and focus on improving your own work ethic.

6)      Learn. This may be the most important tip to remember. Make sure you learn your job. Once you know what is expected of you, go above and beyond that. Ask questions. Read books and articles relevant to your industry and company. Within my first month, I started reading a book recommended by TTN’s president. This will cultivate conversations with your associates and help you see how you fit into the big picture of your company.

-Tony Johns (Customer Account Manager)

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