Have you recently started a new position at a new company? Or even a new role within your current company? If so, you will know that starting a new job is definitely a rollercoaster ride—especially in the IT world where we are all changing jobs so frequently. It takes a lot of motivation and energy to be able to handle the inevitable highs and lows that will arise as you get acclimated with your new team and company. However, there are some things you can do in those first couple of weeks and months to ease the process and maximize this time of change.
Build a relationship with your boss. This is one of the most important things you can do. Having an open and trusting relationship between the two of you only leads to great things. Be proactive to learn what makes him or her happy and also, what pushes their buttons. Knowing this and being able to work together closely (and happily) will only lead to better and quicker results and will encourage you to help advance the business.
Set personal growth goals. In your previous position, you probably had particular goals that you wanted to achieve and eventually did achieve. In this time of transition and with a ton of opportunity in front of you, take time to set personal and professional growth goals that will help guide your path. Be sure to map out the steps it will take to get there, too.
Maximize your free time. When you start a new job, this will probably be the time that your calendar is the freest. It is important to meet with key stakeholders and peers to learn more about their operating systems and goals so you can align. Another critical task is to take time to explore and learn about other roles in the company. Even though you may not be working directly with other departments it is important to understand why they exist, how they function and what their goals are so you can understand all parts of the business and how you all are working toward larger goals.
Finally, one of the most important things you can do is to find a coach. Whether it is your boss, a peer, or another superior, it is a great idea to align yourself with someone that can help guide you during this time of transition and beyond. If they are within your company, they will be able to help you learn the ins and outs of the company and get adjusted. Plus, they will just encourage you to do and be your best.