Hitting the ground running really boils down to how much effort you’re putting forth and what your attitude is while you’re at work. Nobody expects you to know everything, at least not at first. What they do expect is a good deal of determination.
It’s all about effort and attitude, not what you know. A boss of mine used to ask the question, “what adversity have you faced in your life?” during his interview screening. I was thrown by the question initially, but really what he was looking for was what kind of pain threshold I had and how much hard work I’d be willing to put forth, knowing full well that I’d have to go through that beginner stage – where I wouldn’t know my job – and how well was I going to deal with that? Know your pain threshold. Identify it. And when you find yourself getting bogged down in the newness that’s surrounding you, remind yourself that there’ll come a day when you won’t be the newbie.
Part of what makes a new job fun, exciting even, is that you don’t know it all. Make a commitment to learn something new every day and you’ll get there. Because in the end, it really is all about how you handle – NOT how familiar you are with – your environmental surroundings.
A great quote to help get this particular point across: “You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.”
Starting out well in a new job is less about being a rock star right off the bat – although you do need to give a slight indication as to why they hired you – but it’s so much more than that.
The biggest favor you can do for yourself is to remain positive, never allowing yourself to become complacent, and always continue to improve. Hold onto that “go-getter” attitude that we all have the first day at a new job and keep reminding yourself of the struggle of the job hunt.
Stay hungry, and be that person and do that job that you’ve always envisioned.