How to Ace the First Week at your New Job

Set the stage with your manager

After the “Setting the Stage” Meeting

Set the stage with your direct reports

Meet your team

It doesn’t have to be fancy.

Get to know your team

  • Tell me more about your role on the team. What do you like best about it?
  • What are the main goals and/or values of this team/project?
  • How does our team fit into the larger company picture?
  • What does the brand/company stand for, to you? / Why has it been successful?
  • What is the best thing about being on this team?
  • Are there any problems I should look out for?

Go to as many meetings as you can

Take notes

Find a “hands-on” task that you can do in your first week

Accept that there will be a lot you don’t know

  • Set the stage with your manager
  • Set the stage with your direct reports
  • Meet your team
  • Get to know your team
  • Go to as many meetings as you can
  • Take notes
  • Find a hands-on task that you can do in your first week
  • Accept that there will be a lot you don’t know

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Christine Brownell

Christine Brownell

Director of Design @ Media Molecule. Opinions are my own.