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Make a difference from Day 1 at your IT job

January 24, 2014

You crafted a slick resume. Found the perfect IT career opportunity. Aced the interview. Now you're looking at Starting Day.

Depending on the organization, you might have an orientation and training period. But if you really want to launch your IT career, you should be ready make a difference from Day 1. Here's how:

  1. Know your company. You probably researched the organization during the application process, but familiarizing yourself with the company culture and policies before you start is a great way to prepare. It's important to be a good fit for the team, and you can make a positive first impression by dressing suitably. New employees should observe "social practices, advancement practices, and when and where to make recommendations and suggestions," Bettina Seidman, a career advisor, told AOL Jobs. Once there, observe your coworkers' behavior and attire so you can adjust if necessary.
  2. Solidify networks. Did you meet some colleagues during your interview? Did your boss introduce you to people you'll be working with? Reinforce those connections by saying hello. Take note of people who will be good resources if you have questions or need help. Jon Katzenbach, senior partner of Booz & Company, encouraged managers to introduce new employees to people who will be important connections, Harvard Business Review reported, but if your supervisor is less involved, you can ask coworkers for advice and introductions.
  3. Forget the transition period - dig in. It's important to learn best practices and procedures, especially in information technology jobs. But putting yourself entirely in a learning mindset can disengage you from the work. Instead, be eager to ask questions rather than observe and get involved in projects right away. Harvard Business Review advised managers to train by immersion, including new hires on project teams from the start. When you're productive immediately, you can learn faster and demonstrate your capabilities. 
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