How To Be Successful In Your New Role

By Sarah Adamson

Published on 23-02-2013

how to be successful in your new role

Successfully securing your ideal role at the end of a grueling interview process, can be as daunting as it is exciting. Often, you've agreed to a probation period (often 3 months), and you know you have a point to prove. So how do you ensure you're a good hire?

The recruitment process is likely to have educated you on exactly what you're going to be responsible and how you'll be measured. But one thing you may not know is the ins and outs of organisational culture, and grasping that, is the key to success in your new role.

You have to shake off the comfort coat of knowing exactly how things are done in your old business and embrace a new one way of doing things.

1.    Ask questions

The old adage, 'first impressions last' is no truer than the first week in a new job. Fortunately, it is also the time when you can get away with asking questions about anything and everything. The worst mistake you can make, is to be presumptious.

2.    Build relationships

Credibility has to be earned, as does respect. In the early stages of a new job, it is critical you interact across the business and network widely. This involvement will give you further opportunity to understand the organisational culture and the behaviours that are viewed positively. It will also ensure you gain respect from individuals other than your direct colleagues.

3.    Be accepting

While the new organisational culture may be very different to what you're used to, and even have aspects you're not on board with, it is important you're accepting of it. Eliminating all expectations before starting the role will mean you're less judgemental, and potentially more open-minded. Of course, once you've understood the culture and had time to adjust to it, suggested improvements can be made, but initially, it's better to conform - there's probably a reason things are done the way they are.

Following these three tips will help you fit in and be successful in your new role.