Starting a new job can make you feel nervous and excited. At the end of the day, it is a big step in your career. With a new job comes with it a lot of changes such as a new commute, new work colleagues and new goals to achieve. Don’t worry though as the first 3 months of your job is a transitional period for you to find your feet. Here are the top tips for making a smooth transition into your new job.

Keep positive

Undoubtedly career change brings with it a lot of emotions. Of course, you are delighted to make this career move, however transitioning into a new position is likely to come with a few hiccups along the way. It could be that you are not fitting in as quickly as you expected. Or perhaps it’s that you are not up to speed just yet with your work. Whatever it is, make sure to keep your best side out and go through the change with a positive mindset.

Get to know the company culture

Getting to understand your new companies’ culture will benefit you in getting used to your new working environment. For the first few weeks try and take in as much as you can around you to see what the company’s values are. Look at how it interacts with its customers, employees and the local community.

In many cases, the culture will come from the companies’ roots. Look up the history, mission statements, business plans and company handbooks. Keep an eye on how new ideas are developed and implemented and see who makes the major decisions.

With you being able to look in with a fresh pair of eyes you could develop your own ideas on how to improve the business’s culture and values. However, make sure to have a good understanding of the culture before going off suggesting anything.

Develop an understanding with your boss

Try and arrange meetings with your boss on a frequent basis to see where you stand and that he/she is happy with your work. It is important to follow the job description given to you when joining the company. You will more than likely be on a probationary period. So during this time make sure to work as hard as you possibly can.

Keep your boss in the loop as to how you are getting on and settling into the company. It is important not to bring every little problem to the boss. If you have any small problems, ask a co-worker for help.

Build relationships

In the first few weeks at work, it is important to build a rapport with your work colleagues. At every opportunity make sure to introduce yourself and ask people what their role is at the company. This will make the transition go much smoother. If there are any work social events planned make sure to attend and try to speak to as many people as possible.

Look for a mentor

Sometimes the best way to get to grips in your new job is to seek out a mentor. See who would be the best person to ask that would benefit your role. Send them over a message or call over to their desk to see if they would be interested in sharing their expertise and experiences with you. They will also be of benefit to you to hop any ideas off them to see if the ideas are suitable or not.