Make Yourself Irreplaceable at Your New Job

Posted by Jeff Pelliccio on Dec 5, 2018 9:00:00 AM

In ICS insights, Job Trends, Candidate

Congratulations, you have just got a new job! The initial few weeks as a new employee are the absolute most important. Not only do you need to learn what to do, but also how you can do it properly. After all, the goal is to make a great first impression on your coworkers, as well as your manager. If you want to ensure that you start on the right foot, make sure you do the following five things.

1. Begin Building Relationships

It’s important that you begin building relationships with all of your new coworkers as soon as possible. Doing this will help you quickly feel more comfortable in your new position, and you will begin to develop that feeling of community.

When you have a solid relationship with your new coworkers, you will start to feel like a part of the bigger team- instead of feeling like the new guy (or gal). While it may be tempting to try and keep your head down until you become more comfortable, it’s a better idea to engage with as many people as you can in the initial weeks of your job than to stay in solitude. 

For the people you are working closely with on a daily basis, you need to put in the effort to get to know them on a personal level. Be sure to ask plenty of questions and share as many details about yourself – however, make sure you do this while you are both on a break. Be sure to make it a point to have lunch with someone different every day. When you are trying to build a relationship with your manager, you need to make sure that you respect them by completing all of your work on time and showing that you are committed to the job. This will help to build trust, which is the foundation of all solid relationships.

2. Ask Plenty of Questions

During the first few weeks of your new job, you need to take the time to learn how things work. One of the best ways to do this is by asking plenty of questions. Try to find someone who can be your go-to person when you need answers. In the best-case scenario, find someone in your same role; however, it can be anyone with whom you are comfortable with. The initial few weeks of your new job are usually made up of all practice and training – as a result; you need to make sure that you ask as many questions as you can.

You should never feel as though your questions are too obvious or too simple to ask. It is better to ask and get the right answer than to guess and be wrong about something. If you have questions when no one is around, be sure to write them down, so you don’t forget. The more questions you ask, the better chance you'll learn as much as possible during your training period.

3. Take Time to Really Get to Know Your New Manager

You likely know the job requirements, as well as the basics that are expected of you, and you also know that your manager is who is responsible for your work; however, you have to know much more than that. All managers have a unique style, and as a result, it is crucial that you take the time to learn how they want things done. While it’s important to get to know your manager at a professional level, it will also be important to make small talk and get to know them on a more personal level, as well. While you are not going to be best friends, this approach can certainly help with integrating into the company culture.

4. Get to Know the Company Culture

You need to take the time to read the handbooks that you are given and to get to know all the basic rules – like how to dress. After that, put the book away. If you really want to get to know the company culture, you won’t learn from training videos or a book. This is learned through learning, action and interacting with other people at your job.

5. Get to Know the Main Players in Your New Company

While you may want to impress your new manager, it is also crucial to get to know the other key players in your company who have influence and power. If you get to know all the decision makers, you will be able to figure out how they may influence your new employee position. In most cases, these are also the people who will influence your career and where it goes. When you get to know them, you can ensure you are always on their radar and that you are able to make a great impression.

Once you have gotten things down, you will know that you are a real part of the new team. You will feel as though you belong and be comfortable in your new position. Be sure to keep this information in mind to ensure that you know what’s expected and what to do to achieve success with your new company and in your new position.

You Can Always Restart Your New Journey

New jobs can be exciting and great experience, but not all are lucky enough to make the right decision every time. If you feel that your new position was chosen in error after getting to know the company and employees better, contact ICS. We understand that not every placement is a good fit and so we are here to help you find another job that suits your needs. Click below to see our open roles and apply to any that interest you. We can't wait to help you.

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