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After weeks or even months of looking for a job, after sending dozens of resumes, after numerous interviews, you finally ended up with a job offer in your pocket. Congratulations! Now you are officially employed and have a few days left till you are expected to start. This is a good opportunity to lay the foundation for your future success and make your transition as smooth as it can be!

Starting a new job is always exciting and a little scary even for someone who is an old hand at this and knows all ins and outs of his profession. The first few days at a new job are critical for making the right impression and marketing yourself as a reliable and knowledgeable employee. This is also the time when the most absurd and gross mistakes are made that can result in your becoming an office pariah.

To avoid this, we suggest that you spend your in-between-jobs time wisely and, let’s call it “break the ice” in advance. Here are 5 things you can do before you start your first day at the new job and become “the new guy” everyone is talking about:

1. Initiate a dialogue with your boss before your Day 1 on the new job

If you haven’t had a chance to meet your future boss personally yet, try to figure out a way to do it before you start working for him. This is the time when the two of you are still able to communicate on a par, not like the superior and subordinate but as two equals. Do garb this opportunity to lay the foundation for your future working relationship!

2. Learn more about the company’s vision and priorities

While still transitioning, you have a unique opportunity to communicate freely with your boss– something that many of your future colleagues can’t dream of. Don’t miss it by failing to learn more about what is going on within the company, what critical initiatives are being undertaken, what current projects there are.

3. Do your homework

This is especially important for someone who is changing his professional fields or entering new duties. You must have already started doing your research so your main task for now is to keep learning more. Every extra day of learning before you start can pay you good dividends.

4. Try to get to know someone from your future team

This is one of the most important things to do. Try to connect to someone from your future team before you actually have to work side-by-side with them. It doesn’t have to be anything more than just exchanging a few work-related emails or a phone call. However, this might become the most sensible investment into your future success!

5. Communicate openly

Even though you are not yet officially required to participate, be sure that your boss expects you to do it! Share your ideas and your opinions about things your boss shares with you! Do try to show him he made the right choice when he hired you!

You can’t know how successful you are going to be at your new job. You can’t foresee all the pitfalls out there. The important thing to remember is that our professional (and personal) success if usually self-created. Put your best foot forward and try to get involved even before you start, that is the only way to ensure you are on the right track!


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