Starting a new job is exciting. Many times, it’s a milestone marking the next stage of professional and financial success. In order to make the best impression when you begin, it’s imperative that you mentally prepare yourself for what is to come. While you will definitely undergo some degree of onboarding when you start, knowing as much as possible before your first day will put you ahead of the game. Here’s how you can prepare:
Read company press releases. Reading company news will give you insight into how the company is doing and how your role will contribute to the broader success of the company. It will also help you gain a sense of opportunities and challenges your organization is facing.
Learn about your colleagues on LinkedIn. Chances are you had to go through several rounds of interviews with different people in your department and the broader company. Do a quick LinkedIn search on them to learn about their backgrounds and skill sets. This will help you understand the diversity of experience within your team, identify potential opportunities for collaboration, as well as similar interests.
Go over the job description. Take another look at the job description to ensure that you understand some of the technical skills that you will be using on a daily basis. If you are rusty with any, this is the perfect time to brush up or learn any skills you may be lacking.
Re-read notes you took during your interview. Go over anything you may have written down during your interview for a brief synopsis of the team’s work. Chances are you made note of projects the team is engaged in as well as upcoming endeavors. Go over these notes and do further research on any topics you are unsure of. Doing so will help you get into the work mindset and ready to contribute before you walk through the door on your first day.
Reach out to your manager. Ask your manager if there is any reading or preparation you can do prior to starting. Being proactive will not only ensure that you are prepared, but will also make you look good.