You're starting a new job. Congrats! OK, now what's next?
Every company does onboarding differently: some bigger companies tend to have more structured onboarding and some start-ups less so. HR onboarding is more about paperwork, but the true onboarding that we are talking about is how the existing team and managers can help new people understand what’s needed in the role, how to do the job and how to maneuver around the company.
First thing in a new job is to meet with your manager to get the lay of the land and talk about expectations for 30, 60, and 90 days in. Ask “What are you looking for from me in this role?”.
Next, connect with a colleague who can show you the hands-on ropes and make it so that you’re not always going to your manager with every question. Ask how things are done: how do you use email, Slack, phone etc, and learn how others do things to learn company norms. Mirroring will help establish fit and connection.
Take a look at the org chart and see who is running the show, meaning IT, office manager, etc. They can help you understand how things work. Help them help you and be very grateful.
In those first weeks, be an observer: learn how things are done, but try to get to know people and company norms before you jump right in. Your goal should be to learn and help to make things better. The caveat “I’m new and learning, but from my experience….” is a powerful one.
The learning curve is intense in the first 3-6 months of a new job. Give yourself time and make sure you’re taking good care of yourself so that you maintain your new hire energy. Timing is everything when you’re going for a new job, and you need to know what you need to be successful, both in the job and what your personal life allows.
Good luck in the new job!