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Starting a new job can be both exciting and anxiety producing. You are excited about the change, but also nervous about starting over and being the new employee who is walking the halls wondering where the vending machine is. Sound familiar? I often equate it to how I felt as a parent watching my 1st child walk into kindergarten. I was thrilled she was a big girl now, but I also worried if she would make friends, and if she would find her way and like it.

We all have had to start a new job , so remember it is totally doable and possible to do it successfully. Here are 5 tips to get you started off on the right foot:

1.    Refer back to your interview process.

What did they say was most important? What did they share was the priority in your new role? Reflect back on your experience in the interview and your notes and make sure you have those items top of mind as you begin your new job. It will give you a foundation to work from.

2.    Listen and observe.

This is so key when you start a new company. You want to first find out what is the culture of the company you are working for. Three areas that are critical to pay attention to are:

a.    How people dress

b.    How do things get done?

c.    Who are the influential people?

Watch closely and keep a keen ear in conversations. You will begin to pick things up quickly and be able to make a better transition.

3.    Ask questions.

Have a natural curiosity on the business of your company and the people you work with. When you are in meetings, jot down terms they are saying and make notes of the things you do not understand. Get clear on what you are thinking and seeing. This will help you better understand your role at the company, how it fits and also it adds value.

4.    Build relationships everywhere.

Your first 90 days on the job is one of the best times to build those initial relationships and meet as many people as you can. There is so much movement that happens within companies and it is very likely that someone you meet now could end up being your peer or leader later in your career at that company. You want to have a strong internal network at work that you can nurture and grow with.

5.    Have a discussion with your leader

Talk to your direct leader when you start and confirm what the priorities are and where they want you to focus. Show your excitement to learn and be a part of the team. Setting a good foundation with your immediate boss will help as you continue in your role. Understand their leadership style and how they communicate.

The days on a new job go by fast, and before you know it you will be training someone else and you are no longer that new employee that just started. Part of your job satisfaction and job growth will be based on how well you started. First impressions definitely can be lasting impressions, so put your best foot forward and let these 5 tips be a guide to start your new job with success.

Barbara Mason is a career consultant that brings over 20 years Human Resources experience and has been in senior level roles for Fortune 500 companies. She is the owner and CEO of Career Pathways Consulting and her passion is helping career professionals stay, flow, or go in their career.

To learn more about working with her, visit www.careerpathwaysconsulting.com.

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