A new job, a different role and bigger responsibilities can mark the beginning of a major career transition, especially if it’s a dream project that you had been eyeing. It is important to prepare oneself in order to avoid being overwhelmed by change.
Abilities and strengths can help overcome the fear and nervousness of being a newbie.Having selfconfidence will not only help you perform your business tasks efficiently but will empower you to become a well rounded individual. There are specific ways to increase selfconfidence at your workplace and make every day even more productive than yesterday.
Here are seven important tips to keep those rattling nerves at bay, ease the fear of uncertainties, and feel confident in your new job:
Prepare Before You Turn Up
Research is the key to any job as much as it is a new project or assignment. Know your company well, its stakeholder, products, and most importantly, its culture. The first few days in the office is going to be about orientation and a blur of names, rules, HR formalities and regulations. Give yourself a bit of a head start by reading the company website followed by its LinkedIn page. Get to know the company values by researching about the top management and the board of directors through published material on the Internet. Ask your manager to share study material, case studies, client briefs etc. with you.
Talk Less, Listen More
When in team meetings listen more and imbibe the knowledge imparted. Take notes during meetings and do not hesitate to ask questions. Keep the questions short and make a note of the answers you get to the questions. While your opinionmatters during part of group discussions and brainstorming sessions emphasise listening over speaking. The most rookie mistake that people make during their first few days in a company is to come under the impulse of “taking the stage,” of speaking before the other one could say what he intends to or very often say something generic and clichéd without giving any actual insight.
Be Polite to Support Staff
Office administration or the support staff is the backbone of any organisation. It becomes absolutely imperative for you to be warm and nice to them. This staff is your best bet to understand the office atmosphere best and make your transition in a new environment smooth. In a non-technical environment, support staff is usually the one who helps an employee adjust to the applications used, processes followed, supported by periodical assistance and instruction.
Dress for Success
When moving to a new organisation, it is important to understand culture and dress accordingly. It is not only important to wear what is followed by code, but it is important to look the part that you are hired for. Do not overdress or underdress. This could have a negative influence on your employer and team members and could even overshadow your efficiency and personality. Grooming is a part of any workplace. Whether your office follows a formal dress code orcasual dressing, being well-kept is key to making a good impression.
Take a fresh look at your company’s programmes by volunteering in projects and assignments. Volunteer to do a little grunt work and do something other people don’t want to do. It creates an avenue to network and even helps establish connect with those who are not from your department. Apart from enjoying the social aspect of being part of a group initiative, it also helps you gain perspective into the workings of an organisation. Your contribution and intelligence will be measured and that will help you gain the respect of your peers and bosses, which, in turn, will make you feel a lot more confident.
Be Confident, Not OverConfident
If you don’t have confidence in yourself to understand your abilities and the value you add, it could be holding you back from reaching your full potential. At the same time, overconfidence, also termed as ‘star sickness’, presupposes that we are absolutely pleased with ourselves which means that there is no need to grow. Star sickness lowers the level of selfcriticism. It seems to you that you make everything ideally. You just do not have any shortcomings!
Ask for Help
Many people feel asking for help is a sign of weakness. That’s especially true when you don’t feel confident. The secret is asking the right person the right question. Find that person in your team or organisation who is willing to help. You may assume talking to your supervisor or boss may not be the best idea, but that’s often not your best course of action.
When you are starting new at a job, instead of anticipating and projecting, stay in the moment. Focus on the task at hand, if you attend to the building blockswhich is the learning processes, getting to know your team, then everythingelse will fall into place.
Source: The Economic Times
Date: 30th December, 2016