September 27, 2013, 2:30 PM — All your hard work paid off - you got the job. Way to go, now don't screw it up.
You're excited about your new position and anxious to make a solid first impression with your coworkers. Naturally your first inclination is to put your best foot forward and be that kid in the front row, hand frantically waving in the air, "Pick me! Pick me!"
Put your hand down, sit back, shut up and watch instead.
Career coach Chrissy Scivicque advises new hires to resist at all costs their desire to prove themselves or showcase their talents in those first weeks.
"Don't get too excited about jumping in with both feet right away," she says, noting new hires should:
- Take it slow.
- Get to know your teammates.
- Observe the team dynamic.
- Figure out your place in it.
When new hires come in and upset the apple cart with their enthusiasm or drive, it can dramatically change the team's already-established dynamic and cause undue conflict and ill will, she notes.
Instead, the career coach encourages professionals to ease in slowly and unobtrusively, being a good team player - but not trying to be the captain of the team.