I’ve been promoted 10 times over my 15 year career.
There is one thing I do in my first 30 days that sets me up for #success at a new job (or internship):
I speak up.
I know it may seem counterintuitive or even scary to speak up when you are new to a company, but this is what most people don’t realize:
When you are new to a company you see everything with fresh eyes, you have an unbiased point of view and that is priceless!!
When people work at a company for a while they adopt certain thinking patterns and “rules” that affect how they see the world. You, on the other hand, are not affected by this groupthink phenomenon so you have the ability to see things your team is completely blind to.
Take advantage of this grace period and use it to make small suggestions that could lead to small wins for the company (and for you).
1. Start by listening, asking questions and observing
2. Identify broken processes, overlooked opportunities, small problems
3. Speak up: share your insights and suggest a solution
[Pro tip: frame your suggestion as a question: “Do you think if we do X instead of Y we’ll be able to get results faster?” to avoid stepping on any toes]