“We’d like to offer you the position!” Ahhh, the sweet sound of a new job or a promotion is music to my ears…:cues The Carter V:
As a consultant, with each new project, I have the opportunity to “start a new job”. It doesn’t matter if the goal is to prepare for the next promotion, gain skills (and a network) to pursue entrepreneurial goals or retire from the company, I always hit the ground running.
Here are 3 ways that I jump in and make an immediate impression on my peers and leaders:
“Nakisha’s here”. I sat on a 90-minute conference call and those were the only two words that I said. Two words. I took great notes tho. It was my first week in a new role, what was I supposed to say?!
Being new in a role or company is exactly the time speak up! Although you may not have input on the project or task being discussed, it is expected that you ask questions. Asking questions shows that you are curious, interested in the work and have an understanding of your new role. Think about questions that will help you communicate effectively in the organization such as asking for clarification on unfamiliar acronyms or terminology and learning how your business group interacts with other groups. If you are engaged during onboarding, you will naturally have questions as new information is presented. However, here are a couple of smart questions to have in your back pocket:
What processes need to be developed or improved to help the team operate more efficiently? Use your skills/experience to help create an efficient process for the team. This is a quick way to jump right in and make an immediate impact on the team.
Who should I meet this week? Relationships within and outside of your team are important. Being proactive in scheduling time with key stakeholders to understand and define how you will work together early on is important.
Have a Point of View
In the first weeks in a new role, there is a lot of new information to digest. Typically, I job shadow different roles as well as conduct informational interviews with stakeholders. My job is to develop training solutions. In my seat at the (project team) table, I speak from the point of view of the end user….the employees who will attend the training sessions. In order to do that, I must understand the intricacies of their roles to present relevant training solutions. In your role, what population or groups (internal or external) should you be able to articulate their needs, obstacles and frustrations to your peers? For example, if you work in insurance, can you help solve problems that healthcare providers may face?
Haven’t had time to learn the business? No worries! As a new employee you can provide a fresh eye to existing materials or programs. If you work in banking for instance, you can give feedback on a new credit card program from the perspective of a customer.
Add Value Immediately
Can you spot a grammatical error from a mile away? Do you create unfuckwithable PowerPoint presentations? Are you tech savvy?
Share those skills with your team, especially in the first days and weeks in a new role when you have free time. Sometimes we play the “I’m new” card and forget that we were hired for our current skillset and experience. Use what you got (current skills) to get what you want (promotions, etc). #Ronniehoequote
You will gain points early on by providing input to help your teams’ projects.
How I’ve added value in the first 14 days in a new role:
Trained team members on a software the company recently purchased (I used the software in a former role)
Downloaded a free trial and created a document using a software that my team was considering purchasing. I described my experience and provided feedback to decision makers.
Created a worksheet to streamline a process that previously had not been documented
Ready? Set? Go make an immediate impact in your new role!