Starting a new job is hard.
No matter how exciting or positive starting at a new company may be, it’s a huge change that comes with added stress.
After starting a new job recently myself, my initial excitement quickly turned into frustration and stress by the end of the first week. I forgot how hard changing your job can actually be, and came up against three reoccurring challenges that I’m sure most professionals face when switching gigs. But after a couple of months on the job, I have also learned how to start overcoming these challenges.
1. You Need to Relearn the Basics
Even if you’re moving to a similar role in a new company, standard processes are different in every workplace. From completing administrative tasks to communicating with clients, every company has it’s unique way of doing things. To make the unfamiliar become familiar as quickly as possible, pay really close attention to each new process all while taking notes, asking questions and double checking with colleagues.
2. You Have to Prove Yourself
No matter how much respect or trust you had from your colleagues and boss at your last company, you’re starting from square one at your new one. This was a hard one for me because my former boss and manager had total faith in me and knew they could count on me to handle anything. But in a new company, you have to prove yourself in order to gain that type of trust and respect again. To prove yourself at a new company, seek out opportunities to shine, go the extra mile with your assignments and show results for your work.
3. You’re Not the Best (Yet)
If you were at your last company for a while, you were probably pretty good in your role and knew your industry, organization and clients well. When you start at a new company, you don’t have established relationships and you may have to learn a new industry or develop new skills. Not being initially knowledgable in these areas can make you feel ineffective in your role. However, it’s important to give yourself a break and allow the time to get up to speed. Do your research, even if it’s on your own time, and use your colleagues as resources. Then when you learn all the ins and outs of your company, industry and clients, you will have what it takes to be the best in your role.
What new job challenges have you faced?