27 Aug 2014

Why you should be patient when settling into a new role

27 Aug 2014

Rome wasn’t built in a day and candidates should not expect to settle into a new role in a day either! I love to see candidates eager and proactive when starting a new role- this is part of the reason they were hired in the first place. However, often times candidates prematurely think there are issues or problems in the role and don’t allow themselves ample time to settle in—They didn’t realize they’d be sitting in a cubicle! They aren’t immediate besties with their manager! They are doing more data entry than they had anticipated! Let me caveat this by saying that part of my job that I love the most is guiding and helping candidates well after they have accepted a position as settling in is definitely a process. However, I strongly believe that it takes 1-2 months to be able to truly and accurately evaluate a new role. One week in a new position is not enough time to get to know the agency/company, the position, or the team. Candidates must remember that they are new as well and thus change a previously existing dynamic so everyone around them is adjusting to their presence on the team. If candidates still have concerns or issues after a month or two in the position, they should speak with their recruiter for advice and likely the recruiter will suggest elevating the issue to an HR professional or manager. Candidates should have high expectations but they should also be realistic when adjusting and adapting.

LESSON: Be patient when settling into a new role. Give yourself time to learn the ropes of the agency/company and it will all turn out beautifully

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