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4 Tips for Transitioning to a New Job During COVID-19
September 8, 2020 | Grace Wang
What a time to be alive! As if navigating life during a global pandemic isn’t challenging enough, I also recently decided to move across the country and transition to a new job.
Starting a new job at a new company during COVID-19 has been interesting — but also a great learning experience. Although I’m missing out on the office culture and vibes, I’ve been able to learn a lot through virtual interactions. I’m very much a people person and would prefer to be around my new colleagues, but virtual meetings, Slack, and so on, is an ok replacement for the time being.
I’m fortunate that — truly — TDR culture is like no other. The people I’m surrounded by are all so willing to help, educate, involve, and learn from both myself and each other.
If you’re experiencing transitioning to a new job during a pandemic, here are a few tips and tricks that I’ve found helpful.
1. First things first: you’re doing great!
If you’re on social media, you’ve probably come across friends or influencers that are posting about all the “cool” and “fun” things they’re doing during the pandemic. If you’re not doing the same “cool” and “fun things and instead just trying to navigate through life during a pandemic, that’s okay too! Give yourself a breather, a pat on the back… maybe make yourself a drink (if you’re over the age of 21), and know that you’re doing just fine!
2. Familiarize yourself with your new company and offer to help where you can.
Many companies are adjusting to a new normal and might not have launched COVID-friendly ways of onboarding new employees. Be proactive and take initiative to familiarize yourself with the company and its culture. Browse its intranet, learn its systems, check out any available resources, and talk to your peers. This is so important: the quicker you immerse yourself within the company, the quicker you can become a huge asset.
3. Reach out to those around you.
Ask questions… lots of questions. This might be more challenging than usual: onboarding and working remotely during COVID means you can’t just walk over to a colleague’s desk to ask a question. But take advantage of the various communication methods your company uses (we love Slack here at TDR) to stay looped in and to get all of your questions answered.
4. Get on that virtual conference and feed your soul.
If you’re starting a new job during COVID-19, you might feel lonely and/or need more guidance than you would if you were in-office. If it’s available, embrace the virtual conference call. Hop on for 15 minutes to get clarity on a new task… or just for some casual water cooler talk. I find that when I get that virtual time with my team members, it always makes me feel the love and reminds me that I’m part of the bigger picture. Another tip? Make sure to grab regular virtual time with your supervisor/manager for check-ins, to ask questions, or to get feedback. Having just 30-45 minutes a couple times a week helps tremendously.
All in all, transitioning to a new job during COVID-19 can be challenging (let’s be real: a global pandemic makes just about everything challenging). But if you take the extra step to really understand your new company and to connect as best you can with your new colleagues and supervisors, you’ll be well-adapted to your new role in no time at all. And just remember: take it easy on yourself. You’re doing great.