Your First Few Days
So you’ve gone through the interview process, you’ve signed the contracts, and you’re finally here at Sterling. Congratulations, and welcome.
Sterling has an incredibly unique way of doing things that will make this the greatest professional experience of your life, but it can take some getting used to.
Ask all the questions, that's what everyone else did.
This book was written by people who’ve been where you are now, and who want to make your first few months here as easy as possible.
Be a Sponge
One of your most important duties your first week is absorbing everything. Getting to know your company’s culture, the working and communication styles of your teammates, the problem projects, and department or company-wide goals means that you’ll be able to start your real work sooner (and be more effective when you do).
So, go to the new hire orientation, sign up for professional development classes, and attend all the team and office meetings you can, even if you’re not yet sure what’s going on or they don’t 100% pertain to your work. Also please join in on the informal events. It’s a great way to meet people.
Don’t Overcommit Yourself
Do be careful, though, to balance your schedule—you want to have plenty of time to learn the ropes from your desk. We fully expect you to ramp up your workload slowly.
As you learn about new processes, projects, and people, don’t be afraid to ask questions. You need to get up to speed, and people will expect it from the new person on the team.
Don’t Be Afraid to Speak Up
At the same time, don’t be afraid to contribute and add value—you do want to reinforce that you’re the right person for the job! No, you won’t know everything (nor should you act like you do!), but you can make suggestions in team meetings or brainstorming sessions, or ask questions like, “Has this been tried before?” And if you have a skill or ability that you’ve been hired to bring to the team, pipe up and share that knowledge.