In the second of a series of articles by JustinBradley employees geared toward recent graduates and those new to the workforce, Research Associate Eric Fagan offers advice on becoming a trusted member of your new work team.
You’ve been through the interview process, accepted the offer, and are about to begin that exciting new role! You have teammates, supervisors, and goals which you are eager to get started on. Being the most recent addition is an incredible opportunity to become the person that the team relies upon. There are several ways to build a reputation as the “rock” – and being relied upon can result in a variety of projects, and more opportunities to move up within the organization.
You are a Sponge:
First off, as my father told me, for the first three weeks of work, you are a sponge. Most organizations will have structured onboarding and you will be training during the first month. This is the ideal time to learn as much as possible – and not just about the work you will be doing, but also about your teammates and the company. The information and experience that you glean in this period will help you get started off on the right foot.
To take this one step further, accepting criticism from your peers will help you grow into a vital member of the team. Listen to what they have to say, even if you may not like it, because they are trying to set you up for success. You are going to need to rely on your teammates and valuing their constructive criticism will help you fit into the larger puzzle.
Go that Extra Mile:
However, learning does not just happen in the workplace. Take time on weekends or even your evenings after work to study on your own. Learn about the industry, clients and more. Familiarizing yourself with the marketplace will aid you in becoming as knowledgeable as possible about the work you will be doing. And the more you know, the more able you will be to succeed.
Be a Volunteer:
But, don’t just be enthusiastic in assimilating. Showing eagerness in taking on additional projects will pay dividends in the long run. Volunteering, stepping up, and taking on a large portfolio will demonstrate that you are a team player. And through success in these projects your colleagues will come to you for help daily and that will establish your role within the organization.
Finally, be positive. This is REALLY important. They hired YOU! This an exciting opportunity and if you bring a good attitude, the mentality to learn as much as possible and the willingness to take on new challenges, you will quickly become a vital member of the team.
As a Research Associate at JustinBradley, Eric spends his days researching clients and their competitors, identifying and pre-screening potential accounting and financial specialists and tracking down top candidates in this talent-driven market.