Starting a new job? Don’t be afraid to ask questions
Secil Watson, head of Wholesale Internet Solutions at Wells Fargo, shares her thoughts on how to make the most of your first months at a new job.
Starting a new job can be both an exciting and an overwhelming time. Meeting new people, learning new processes, and establishing your own personality are all part of the new-job learning curve.
As part of the CEO Insider feature on Fortune.com, Secil Watson, head of Wholesale Internet Solutions at Wells Fargo, shares her thoughts on effective ways to ease the transition to a new job – and she says it all centers on asking for help. Read her Fortune column.
“Since most people won’t expect you to know everything from day one, asking for help gives you an excuse to reach out and meet as many critical people as you can,” Secil tells Fortune editors. “Reaching out to others allows you to observe the unspoken rules in your new workplace and start to pick up on the thought processes of those whom you will be working with most. The added benefit: Asking questions immediately demonstrates your enthusiasm and motivation for succeeding in your new role.”
Twice a month, the magazine selects a member of its Fortune 500 Insider Network online community to provide perspective on a current topic. Secil’s article posted on April 28, and includes additional suggestions on how to maximize the first few months at a new job.