Congratulations!! You received an offer and decided to accept. Now what?? Well, simply put, it’s show time! It is time to showcase your skills, you know, all the things you said you could do in your interview, yeah those. Remember that the first three to six months of your employment are crucial because it is your probationary period and you better believe that you are being watched and your performance is being monitored. But don’t sweat it, use this as an opportunity to show them why you were selected in the first place and why you are still the right person for the role.
Whether you are working from home or reporting to the office, it is important for you to be actively involved in your company. Partake in team meetings, attend a lunch and learn, join an employee resource group or attend a summer social event your company may be having. These are all great opporunities for you to learn more about your new company while also networking with other employees in different departments of your organization.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions:
Everyone has been the new person before. Don’t pretend to know anything you don’t and also don’t be afraid to ask questions. Asking questions is a win for you and a win for your company. Asking questions shows your interest and curiosity and it benefits you because you get to learn more about your new role and your responsibilties.
See a need, fill the need:
If you see a particular area in your department where you can offer your help and expertise, do so. Don’t wait for someone to ask. If your manager is in need of something that you know you are capable of doing, volunteer to help. In doing this, you are showing your manager that you are a team player, have a willingness to help and can be counted on when needed.
Showcase unique skills:
I always see those fancy excel spreadsheets or those fancy powerpoint presentations during team meetings and I always think to myself, wow I wish I could do that! While I am highly skilled in other things, I am often in a love hate relationship with excel and powerpoint. If something comes easy to you or you have a unique skill that would be beneficial to your team, speak up and let it be known. Who knows, you may even become the go-to person in your organization for that specific thing!