During my career, I’ve had a couple of jobs where I was in a position that was new for the company. In both situations, the company had a basic idea of what they wanted the position to accomplish, but I was left to figure out the details of what my job would entail. This is very common place, even when the position is not new. It is also very common for us to assume that when we start a new job, there will be someone there to thoroughly train us on every detail of the job. My advice is do not assume this.
There are many companies who have thorough on-boarding and training plans in place when someone new starts. There are also many who do not have this in place. Also, we all have unique personalities and quirks which cannot all be addressed and accommodated by the company. The fact of the matter is, when you get a new job, you must own your job.
You were hired for a reason. You have a skill set that fills a need the business has. Hopefully, the company will offer some sort of on-boarding and training to get you started, but even if they don’t, own it and take responsibility for your success in your new job. Here are a few tips to get you started.
Learn About The Company
Observe and learn as much about the company as you can. Learn policies and procedures. What are the expectations of all employees regardless of position?
Meet With Your Manager
Have a meeting with your manager to learn what is expected of you. Ideally, your manager should take the initiative and set this up, but if not, you take the initiative.
Learn From Others
Talk to co-workers. If you’re in a new position, talk to people who have similar positions to yours. For example, if you’re working for a heating and air company that is starting to do plumbing as well and you are the first plumber they’ve hired, talk to a heating and air service technician. If you’re in a position that has already existed, talk to others in the same position.
You are ultimately responsible for your success at any job. Remember this when you start a new job. Learn as much as you can, embrace any and all on-boarding and training the company offers and get to know your co-workers to gain insight into what is expected of you.