Your First Month


By the end of your first month, you should be familiar with a majority of staff in your area and have a solid awareness of the mission of the operation, and the current goals of the workplace.  In addition, you should be knowledgeable of CSUN’s mission and the campus' priorities.   

During your first week, begin to get to know each member of the "team" you will be working with.  Familiarize yourself with written policies and pay attention to the culture of how things are done, explore what resources are available to you to get the information and tools required for your job. Knowing who to go to, or where to find information, or how things are typically carried out, will help build your productivity as you find yourself becoming more comfortable in the workplace. Scheduling regular one-on-one meetings with your manager or supervisor to discuss performance and areas for improvement.

Schedule, Expectations & Logistics:

  • Schedule regular one-on-one meetings with your manager.
  • Request on-going, meaningful “everyday feedback.”
  • Feel free to ask questions about the performance management process and compensation system.
  • Discuss performance and professional development goals.
  • Take on an additional assignment.
  • Explore and register for Professional and Personal Development Program training and workshops.


  • Continue introducing yourself to those inside and outside your department.
  • Are you a CSUN graduate?  Then consider yourself "Homegrown." Homegrown is the term we use for Matadors who attended CSUN as student and now work here, or who completed a CSUN degree while working here. If you're Homegrown, consider signing p for the Homegrown Alumni email list.


Be Engaged!

  • Continue introducing yourself to those inside and outside your department.
  • Do you know what's happening in your area and on campus?
    • Check out the CSUN homepage and the University Events Calendar
    • Ask if your area has calendar of upcoming events