So you just landed your dream job in the middle of a pandemic. First of all, congratulations! But what now? Starting a new role during “normal” times can be equal parts exciting and intimidating; add a global pandemic and an uncertain future for many industries, and you’ve got a recipe for extra stress.
We’ve already seen how the year 2020 is changing the way we go about our daily lives, and that change is only amplified when starting a position at a new organization. As communication professionals, we at Konnect Agency are here to help you navigate your new role with the confidence you need to flourish and thrive at your new company. Whether you are starting your new job in the office or remotely, the below steps will guide you to step up to the plate and set yourself up for success from the get-go.
Get Tech Savvy
Having the right technical tools to actually do your job is something to check off your list before your first day of work. Though it seems like a no-brainer, checking your internet connection and setting up your workspace is imperative for your success. The last thing you want is to seem unprofessional by working from your pajamas or dropping calls due to internet connectivity — showing up unprepared for a first day, whether you’re working from home or in-person, will only take away your valuable time and add frustration to your day. Since most companies are still working remotely, it’s important to make sure you have a working computer with video capabilities. You will also want to touch base with your company’s HR or IT departments to determine if you need to install certain applications onto your computer or phone. Getting these tasks out of the way before your first day will streamline your onboarding process and create a smoother transition for you as you join your new team.
Connect with Colleagues
Whether or not you are starting your new position remotely, you will want to introduce yourself not only to your immediate team but also to other peers within your organization. This is a great opportunity to learn the company culture, figure out who the experts are on certain topics, and make a few friends along the way! Communication with your colleagues is arguably more important now than it ever has been, especially if your new position is remote. These connections will be beneficial when you need to ask specific questions that your direct manager might not be able to answer. Additionally, if you’re starting a new position remotely, engaging with your peers will reduce feelings of loneliness and uncertainty when working from home. A few great ways to connect with your colleagues include setting up virtual coffee chats, engaging and participating in company-wide calls, connecting on LinkedIn, and even following each other on social media.
“Meet” the Media
If you are starting a new job within the communications industry, it’s imperative that you connect with your media and influencer friendlies to let them know about your exciting career move. It is crucial for them to know who their main point of contact will be for your new accounts. This step is important as it grows your relationships with the media and can further expand your roster of contacts, especially if they know of another person who will be beneficial to receive specific and niche outreach. Introducing yourself to new media contacts is equally as important so they know who will be reaching out on behalf of your clients. A great way to meet new media contacts is to ask someone at your agency to introduce you via email. You should also research top writers who would be interested in hearing news from your clients and introduce yourself via email, letting them know that they will be hearing from you often. A few great resources for finding media contacts include Cision, MuckRack, LinkedIn, and Twitter. As a top PR agency in Los Angeles, we rely heavily on our strong media relationships to secure top-tier results for our clients.
Spell Out Success
When starting at a new company, it’s important to understand what is expected of you and how your success will be measured. As you transition into your new role, it is helpful to have benchmarks and key performance indicators that you can meet to track your progress. This is a great conversation to have with your direct manager within the first few days of your new job so you can start mapping out your days appropriately. It is imperative to keep an open line of communication with your supervisors so they are aware of how you are performing and if you need to pivot your strategy. Checking in with them frequently will show initiative and that you yearn for growth and improvement. This ensures you are set up for success within your organization.
A great way to make a name for yourself at your new company is to simply say “yes” to whatever comes your way. This can be as simple as volunteering for groups, joining brainstorming sessions, offering to lead meetings, or assisting with content creation on unassigned accounts. Stepping out of your comfort zone is important; if you are a whiz in traditional marketing and PR, perhaps you can get your feet wet with social media marketing and brand strategy. This lets your colleagues know that you are interested in learning new skills and secures your position as a go-to resource for your peers. Soon enough, your colleagues will seek out your opinion and asking for your input on important company projects and initiatives.
Since the future of working in a traditional office setting is still uncertain, you need to be a team player and go with the flow as management works hard to determine how your company will proceed. Maintaining a positive attitude and being flexible to change will make it easier for both you and your employer to make important decisions. Remembering that we are in a global pandemic and being sensitive to this “new normal” will show your new organization that you are on board, no matter what.