When your job search has been successful and you are about to start the job of your dreams. You are probably now wondering if you have overreached, will you be capable of fulfilling everything asked of you, can you do this?
Don’t worry; self doubt is normal, what you need is a plan to enable you to orientate yourself. How you do this will depend on the type of role, the seniority of the position, and the type of organisation you have joined.
Here are some ideas for you to select from;-
You will probably have a formal induction that should cover all immediate practical information you need. If not, ask for it to be provided, maybe at a follow up meeting e.g. What is the fire drill procedure, what are office hours, where can you get lunch, what about car parking?
Then there are issues more personal to you, which you may need to discuss with your manager or HR contact. Equip yourself with a departmental organisation plan if there is one, and your own job specification and those of your direct reports. Get passwords and login details for email and any other systems you need to access.
It will be useful to see performance review files for your direct reports at some point, but to ask for them now may seem a little heavy handed , so use discretion about the timing of that request.
Then you need access to whatever departmental reports are used daily, weekly, monthly or annually. Perhaps you have an assistant or secretary, who may well have prepared a file for you. If not, ask them to do so.
Is the previous incumbent of the job available for a handover meeting? If not, get whatever information you can from your manager, peers, or staff.
How is the company doing, and within that how is your department doing, and specifically what are the issues and challenges you need to address in your role?
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