An Introvert’s Guide To Starting a New Job
Starting a new job is a difficult moment for most people, but it can be especially tough for introverts.
Here’s a look at how you can deal with the extra stress that comes with settling into a new workplace
Before You Start
1. Research The Company and Team In Advance
Introverts do well at preparation, according to ‘Quiet’ author, Susan Cain. Use it to your advantage.
Read the company’s blog and website thoroughly to get an understanding of their product and niche.
2. Go to a Nearby Cafe 30 minutes Before Your Start Time
This will make sure you’re punctual and have a chance for some ‘me’ time before meeting new people.
The night before you start, search Google Maps for a cafe five minutes away from your office.
Your First Day
3. Figure Out Your Role And What is Expected of You
You’ll work better knowing the parameters of your role early on.
in your induction meeting, ask:
- What are the key outcomes needed from the role?
- Are there any measurables?
- What does success in this role look like?
4. Arrange One-on-One Meetings With Your New Colleagues
Group introductions can be energy-draining, particularly when you’re working with new people.
Think up some neutral topics in advance to break the ice. Some great topics to discuss are hobbies, entertainment, and food.
5. Find a Place to Take Some Time Alone
Introverts need a moment to re-energize from time to time, so it’s good to figure out a place on day one.
Ask a colleague where they go when they need a breather – It’s a good way to be bond too
Your First Team Meeting
6. Plan Your Introduction in Advance
Preparing what to say can keep your mind from going blank when you’re presenting to the team.
In your introduction meeting ask:
- One thing to say about your previous job
- One thing about your hobbies and interest.
- What you hope to achieve in your new role.
7. Ask For an Agenda to Look at Beforehand
Introverts tend to prefer developing ideas One-on-One rather than in a big team meetings, so having an agenda can give you time to really consider what you can bring.
Put down all your ideas, thoughts and suggestions on paper and bring it to the meeting
8. Think Up Conversation Topics In Advance
When you haven’t gotten to know someone yet, having some neutral topics to discuss can be a great ice breaker.
Some topics to discuss are travel. entertainment and food.
Your First Performance Review
9. Ask for Discussion Areas in Advance
When faced with lots of information, it can be tough to form a plan on your feet.
Send your boss an email asking for a list of the things she’d like to talk about, then prepare your thoughts and possible actions required.
10. Be Prepared To Share Your Experiences
Your boss wants to hear from your perspective, not just tell you how it is.
Take time to evaluate your experience so far, identifying what’s worked and what could be better.