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7 things you should do in the first month of starting your new job

1. Don’t be shy, introduce yourself to your new co-workers
Make sure you introduce yourself to your immediate team and extend this out to the rest of your co-workers. If your paths cross in the kitchen, lift or stairs, make sure you say hi, talk to them and start creating relationships.

2. Update your social media
Update your details on LinkedIn and start connecting with those who will help you be successful within your new job. If you are connecting with a new work colleague, make sure you have created a relationship first before trying to connect with them otherwise it may look like spam. Also, use the appropriate social media channels. LinkedIn is professional, Facebook personal and Twitter is a hybrid of the two.

3. Ask, ask, ask
In your first month, it is usually expected that there will be a period when you are adjusting to your new role so this is an excellent time to ask those ‘why’ questions and also those which may challenge the status quo. It is also a good time to absorb as much information as possible so should you want to make change, you have the information to support your case.

4. Be organised
It is likely that you will be bombarded with a lot of information and being in new surroundings it can be easy to get overwhelmed and dis-organised. Take the first month to manage your time, process all this new information you are being given and prioritise your tasks.

5. Contribute to meetings
It can be really easy to take a back seat in meetings and to observe rather than participate. This is fine for a short while but by proactively joining in on the discussions and putting forward ideas, this will help establish you within the team and demonstrate your expertise and experience in your specialist field.

6. Be the person they recruited
Make use of the skills and experience that you demonstrated in the interview by reviewing what is in place with a fresh pair of eyes and suggesting how you could improve it (if applicable).

7. Know what is expected of you
Although your boss will give you a bit a flexibility when you first start, it is important to establish early on what your manager will expect from you so quickly define what success looks like after 1, 3 and 6 months. 

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