You want to start a new job well. Experience tells us that the first 12 weeks of starting a new job are critical to your career! However starting a new job well can be a very difficult experience.
Here is some advice on how to proceed:
Smile – show that you are happy and enthusiastic about being there and working with the people in the company
Be Enthusiastic – show desire and eagerness to get involved
Conduct – Be polite and friendly to everyone and be conservative in humor and mannerisms
Be Prepared – Bring all necessary documentation that may be required and in general show people that you are prepared. Study the company annual reports, press releases, and website to get a thorough background on the new company.
Establish Productive working relationships – You need to spend time with your colleagues and make conversation with the people you work with and get to know them in order to build up relationships and build up trust.
Learn & Use Your Colleagues Names – If you know your co-workers names it is easier to address them and when you address them by name they will be more enthusiastic about working with you.
Dress Appropriately – Make a good first impression
Meetings – be on time for meetings and actively participate in these meetings
Deliver – Do what is required of you and do it well. Make the difference that you were employed to make. Identify the critical challenges and create a plan to address these challenges.
Learn their way first – before trying to change everything at once. Try and not talk too often about your former employer
Key Players – Understand who are the key players in your department and in the company. Develop relationships with them where possible
Confidence – Remember what you have accomplished and use the confidence you get from this and take it into your new position.
Don’t get involved in gossip!