A variety of feelings are experienced when starting a new job and, depending on your personality, you may feel some more than others. Anxiety, determination, excitement, motivation – most just want to hit the ground running and get stuck into their new role. One of the first hurdles/triumphs/ milestones is to build a strong, reliable network from the very beginning and to create relationships where there is mutual trust and respect at the core. So, how do you create these building blocks? And, how do you ensure the work you’re putting into these alliances is being returned?
1. From day one, it’s imperative to listen and learn from your new colleagues. You may have all the experience in the world but you’re in a brand-new environment and are about to experience an array of new things. Take a step back to absorb your surroundings and your new colleagues will appreciate your humble yet inquisitive attitude.
2. Attend social outings with your new colleagues. Whether they’re work drinks, team learning sessions, or simply taking your lunch break at the same time as a colleague to go for a walk – make sure you put yourself out there. It might feel awkward or unnecessary, but again, actions like this show you’re open to creating relationships and will pay off in the long run.
3. Update you LinkedIn profile to reflect your new role and new company. Showing interest and activity across LinkedIn is a digital way to not only network with your new colleagues, but also with people across your wider industry.
4. Ask, ask, ask! Talking to your team and asking questions shows initiative and, if one colleague doesn’t know an answer, they’ll direct you to someone who does. Making friendly conversation is the foundation of a colleague remembering you, however, make sure you time your conversation correctly – you don’t want to interrupt someone at a bad time and start off on the wrong foot.
5. Most importantly, take time to check in with yourself at the end of each day. Starting in a new role takes a lot of mental energy and, with learning, networking and adjusting coming as part of the package, it’s important to unwind at the end of the day and to take time to reflect on what you’ve learnt, restore your energy levels and get ready for the next day.
Networking is vital from the very beginning of your time at a new company and it’s important to build a solid reputation amongst your peers. Showing a willingness to learn and making an effort with others goes a long way and will be the very foundation of your new-found connections. Having good relationships with your colleagues and wider professional group is key in developing your role and demonstrates another layer of your professional self to your team.
For more advice on networking in a new role, contact the team at Granite Consulting today.