Nice to meet you! My name is Kathleen Everhart, and I’m the newest member of the Textivia team.
I’m super excited to be here, and to be able to work with an amazingly talented, hilariously inappropriate, and incredibly hardworking group of people. As scary as it can be to start a new job at a new company, the team here at Textivia has made my transition enjoyable and exciting. And now that I’ve been here for a couple of weeks, I’m starting to find my footing, and I’m ready to share some useful tips with you.
Whether you’re a college grad looking for your first marketing job, switching career paths, or even changing roles within your current agency, here’s 5 tips that can help you with your transition.
- Observe – It’s important during the first weeks in a new job to observe your new environment. First and foremost, what’s the vibe? Corporate or relaxed? Loud or quiet? How do employees interact with one another? How do they interact with the higher-ups? Getting a good feel of your surroundings is one of the most important things you can do when starting a new job. Making these types of observations will help you feel comfortable, faster.
- Shadow – Whenever I start a new job, one of my go-to moves is to ask everyone on the team for 30 minutes for me to shadow them. Find out their job responsibilities and how they stay organized, and ask for their advice during your first few weeks.
- Ask Questions – I cannot emphasis this point enough! Just because you’re qualified for the job and were chosen for it, doesn’t mean people expect you to know everything right away. Here are some essential questions to ask during your first week:
- Where is the bathroom?
- Where do I access (or where should I save) the files?
- What’s the best way to communicate internally? (Ex: internal messaging system, emails, verbally?)
- Where do you guys eat lunch around here?
- Be Outgoing – Making connections at work can sometimes be difficult. Whether you’re in a small company or a larger one, it’s important to put yourself out there! Make conversation, offer to help with any projects they’re working on, and ask for advice. Your new coworkers will appreciate your upbeat attitude, and will be more likely to involve you.
- Dive In – Last but certainly not least, don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty! Jump in wherever you can and get to work. After all, that’s what you’re there for, right?