The old adage is true: you never get a second chance to make a first impression. When making a lateral move, you want to put your best foot forward on day one and start off with a bang. (Did we mix enough metaphors there?) Transitioning to a new law firm is a great experience but also something that requires thought, skill, and planning. Here are some pointers on how to start your new job out right:
While it is important to integrate yourself in the best of times, during the age of Covid-19, remote onboarding, and no in-person interaction, you need to work extra hard to make sure you are on everyone’s radar. Try to schedule video meetings with as many folks as you can, rather than just introductory phone calls—seeing each other’s faces may forge a stronger connection than just hearing each other via phone calls. Try to make sure you have a guide—a plugged-in associate to whom who you can ask the smallest and largest questions. You can’t just pop down the hall, and a peer guide can really help you navigate the waters.
Remember that the process of making a successful lateral move can feel like you are on a roller coaster at times, so remember to keep a positive and open attitude and enjoy the ride.
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