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January 14, 2019
148: Getting the best start at a new job

Many people will start a new job this year, but how can you make sure you get off on the right foot? In this week’s episode of Design Life we answer a question from a listener about getting the best start at a new job. We share our experiences of our first week in a new role, how we’ve helped new members of our teams to get off to a good start and how you can too.

key takeaways

First day nerves are pretty much a given. Do everything you can to prepare in the days leading up to your first day, lay out your outfit the night before, research competitors if you’re new to the industry, read the tech news to see if your company is featured.

You might not feel that you are being the most effective team member that you can be in your first month at a new job. You have a lot to learn. Give every task your best shot. Remember, you were hired for a reason.

The first day should be all about meeting the team. Absorb as much information as you can. Ask questions,  listen to the conversations that are going on around you and try to get a sense for who is who and who does what. Let this be your focus on your first day.

Your first week will be full of highs and lows. You will hear conversations that might be difficult to follow or acronyms you haven't heard before. Be proactive about your learning. If you get the chance, ask someone where you can find more information that will help get you up to speed.

Try not to make assumptions about how things are done at your new job. Ask questions if you’re unsure. On the other hand, when you are given a task, use your initiative. Ask for feedback after you have completed the task.

show timestamps

02.54 – Catch up
05.53 – Getting the best start at a new job
13.28 – Get to know your team
17.22 – Asking questions at your new job
21.12 – Lessons from our first week
24.05 – The frustrations of starting a new job
27.20 – What can you do to help new members of your team

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