Transitioning to a new company doesn’t have to be overwhelming when you know how to be prepared. Each company has its own methods of onboarding and training but remember that it is up to you to own your transition.
New hire paperwork may be filled out prior to your start date but if not, be sure to gather all necessary documents leading up to your first day at work. In most cases, you’ll need to provide either a passport or your driver’s license and social security card.
If you’ll be setting up direct deposit, you’ll likely need to complete a Direct Deposit Authorization form that will ask you for your Routing Number and Account Number so that payroll goes directly to your account, along with a Voided Check. Most banks offer online guidance on this matter so if you are unsure of how to proceed, please check with your bank. Having these documents on hand will pave the way for a smooth transition and let you focus on the more crucial aspects of beginning a new job, like meeting the team, learning about clients and projects, and getting a solid footing for a successful first week.
Coffee breaks or lunch dates are a great way to get to know others on your team outside of the office. Early integration into the team will help you get to know people on a more human level and increase the comfortability of asking for help within the office. If you’re struggling to get up to speed during your first few weeks, consider reaching out to your direct supervisor for additional assistance or to see if a more tenured employee is available for mentoring.
There are also mentorship programs and resource pages available through AIA, IIDA, ASID, and ASCE. Be sure to search for what programs are available through your area if you’re looking to get involved locally.
There is certainly a wealth of information to take in over the first month in a new company, but don’t be afraid to ask additional questions if there are topics that still have you wondering. Some topics might be brushed over – even something as simple as understanding the standard hours of the workday, acceptable breaks, and company culture will keep you on the right track. Whatever it may be – take the initiative to seek out answers. It will be worth it in the long run and you’ll be glad you asked.
Be Kind to Yourself
Learning takes time. Be kind to yourself during your transition and remember that comfortability will increase as time goes on. Should you find that you are in need of additional resources once you’ve started settling into your new role, remember that your recruiter is here as an advocate for as long as you’ll need them. Reach out if you start to feel overwhelmed and think that there is something in the process that could help you find success.
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