Changing Places: Helping Yourself and Others in a New Job

April 1, 2019

As human beings we often fear change, but being too set in our routines can make us stagnant. In an ever-changing professional environment, we need to continue evolving.

Transitioning from one job to the next might be a source of anxiety, but it’s a change we should welcome. Only by exploring new opportunities will we learn and grow as PR professionals.

Here are seven tips to help you transition into a new role:

1. Prepare yourself mentally. Stay 100 percent positive before and during your transition.

2. Set goals. Before jumping into a new role, position yourself for success by setting measurable goals that are agreed upon by your supervisor. Take time to think about and build your list of goals.  

3. Conduct research. Do your homework to learn about the company and how it functions. Interview people on your new team and elsewhere in the organization. Report your findings back to them.

4. Focus on people. Build relationships with colleagues starting on day one of your new job. If you take a job at an office you could end up spending more time with your new co-workers than with your own family, so focus on getting to know them. If your new job is virtual, schedule meetups with your co-workers on Facetime or Skype.

5. Participate. Don’t be afraid to get involved with new projects and challenges at work. 

6. Speak up in meetings. Early in my career the best advice I received was to always be prepared to say one thing in every meeting you attend. Otherwise it may appear you’ve wasted an hour by not saying a word. Come to meetings prepared with thoughts and don’t hesitate to speak up.

7. Have fun. If you’re changing jobs, then enjoy the transition.

If you’re a manager, then here are four tips to help you navigate personnel transitions:

1. Prepare current employees for their next jobs. Your staff members will leave at some point, so help them build strong portfolios for their next jobs.

2. Plan ahead. Develop a good project-management tracking system to help transition people into roles vacated by employees who leave your organization.

3. Communicate about new hires. When preparing to welcome a new employee, inform the rest of the staff beforehand and give them time to get excited. If your company is hiring, then let employees know that they’ll soon have another co-worker to help share their workload. Send the new recruit’s résumé to your staff and highlight their specialties, so everyone has an idea of who will soon join them in the office.

4. Get new hires up to speed. Spend the appropriate time to familiarize new hires with your work system, so they will be primed for success.

Transitioning new employees can be stressful for everyone involved. As a new hire, you might be anxious about your first day or how the culture will differ from that of your previous job. But transitioning new employees is cause for excitement. As CEO, I welcome each new employee personally to make sure they feel like part of our fearless team from the start.

Whether you’re changing jobs or helping someone else change theirs, remember that transitions help us improve. When embraced, transitions can bring amazing opportunities for our careers and for people in our companies. Enjoy the change.

Aaron Blank

Aaron Blank is president and CEO of The Fearey Group, and a member of PRSA’s Counselors Academy. He oversees a staff of about 20 people. Blank is featured on Puget Sound Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” list, and his firm was named one of the three largest PR firms in Seattle this year. Interact with him on Twitter: @AaronBlank.


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