Your Job the First Couple Weeks at a New Job

What are going to be doing the first couple weeks at a new job?

I can’t answer that for you because I have no idea – But I can tell you what you should be doing the first few weeks at a new job.

  1. Asking Questions
    • Everyone always says ask questions but what questions should you be asking when you don’t know much about what’s already going on?
      • Ask about the workflow – How do they get and complete tasks
      • What applications are they using for daily productivity? And if you don’t know them then familiarize yourself with them.
      • Ask what is expected of you during your first 2-3 months so you can better contribute and so you know your goals and what you need to accomplish.
      • Get your first task and start asking about the codebase
  2. Learning about the company and the product
    • The product and/or company are probably a big portion as to why decided to take a job to begin with – Start getting to know them better by reading up on any literature the company has to offer or finding out the right people to talk to about the product
  3. Getting to know your co workers
    • This one really intimidates me but you have to talk to the people you’ll be working with so you can build a work relationship with them
      • Start joining in on office banter, going to team lunches and happy hours
        • It’s not a enough to go but you should also join in the conversations while you’re there – This one is always super difficult for me but it can be done. So don’t feel like this is an easy task for everyone

I hope this was helpful! Best of luck in your new role! What do you do to get acclimated into a new company/position? I’d love to hear your comments below.