Regardless of whether you’re an entry-level worker or a seasoned engineering professional, it’s important to stand out in the first three months of a new job. The reason for this is straightforward: both your supervisor and your co-workers want you to add value to the team, so they’ll be watching you to see how well you’re performing.
We surveyed engineering hiring managers in the U.S. and Canada to discover top ways professionals can succeed in the hiring process and on the job. Their answers show that you should focus on three important areas to lay the foundation for a successful engineering career within your new company.
Demonstrate that you’re team oriented:
The most important factor engineering hiring managers notice in new employees is if you’re a supportive and valuable member of the team.
- Be helpful to the rest of the team by volunteering your assistance when possible or helping out when asked.
- Share credit with your team.
- Adopt the team’s communication styles. For example, if they use direct messaging instead of walking over to each other’s cubicles, you should do so as well.
- Accept invitations for social events. Your co-workers want to get to know you, so if you’re invited to lunch or an after-work even, accept the invitation.
Demonstrate a willingness to learn:
When you first start your new job, there will be many things that are new to you, ranging from software you haven’t used before to company-specific lingo. The following tips will help you show that you’re willing to learn:
- Observe and learn. Ask questions, take notes, and spend an hour or two in the evenings reviewing the new information.
- Be a willing learner. You might be appointed a mentor to help you learn the ropes. This person is taking time away from his or her regular duties to help you, so do your best to assimilate the information quickly.
- Take direction well. If a colleague alerts you to something you could do better, accept the direction gracefully.
Your work ethic:
The third most important factor engineering hiring managers notice in new engineers is a strong character.
Make sure to be one of the first to arrive and one of the last to leave.
- Be punctual for all team meetings.
- Ask your manager what’s expected of you so you’re clear on what your responsibilities are and when they need to be accomplished.