In a field like information technology, where people tend to move jobs a bit more often, IT consultants are often starting new IT jobs. While just landing a new job is a success, IT contractors shouldn’t view this as their opportunity to slack off. The first few months of a new job are crucial for IT professionals. Performing well in this window of time could yield a few benefits: creating a great relationship with coworkers, and bosses, as well as adding onto a good reputation that will impress IT recruiters and IT staffing firms. Be vigilant about these things in your first few months of a job.
-Follow the rules to a T. Don’t break the dress code, even if everyone else might. Don’t come in late or leave early. Take your allotted lunch time only. Leave your cell phone in your desk drawer during work hours. While you can (probably) ease up on the rules in the future, it’s better to give the best impression you can initially. Be a model employee while all eyes are on you, the newbie.
-Build a strong understanding of your job and how you fit into the company. Get training on your job if it’s offered and learn everything you can about what you can do to succeed in your role. But don’t stop there. Figure out what’s going on in the company at large so you have a better understanding of what you’re doing and how it impacts the company.
-Figure out the corporate culture. Fitting into the corporate culture can have a far higher impact on your job performance than you might think. Pay attention to how things are done and not done at your new company. You don’t have to conform completely, but changing your ways to fit the culture will go a long way with your coworkers and superiors.