March 11, 2022

Onboarding your High-Flyer: optimize the first week

Onboarding your High-Flyer: optimize the first week

Congratulations, you’ve tapped into the pool of student talent and found a fabulous High-Flyer to fill your task! By this time, you’ve probably already received our introduction email-- you’re on the beginning of this path to student freelancer success! When a High-Flyer first joins your company, you can make their landing smoother by preparing clear expectations, defining your goals, and planning out future communication. Let’s go through each of those in more depth.

"Although all our High-Flyers are ambition-driven, it’s up to you to write the rulebook for what you expect from them. Same page, same success!"

1. Prep with clear expectations

The race to onboarding a student freelancer is already quite smooth, as your High-Flyer will be working mostly independently anyways. However, it is only so efficient if you, as a client and on behalf of your company, have clearly set expectations from the very start. Make sure you spend the first week ensuring that your High-Flyer understands and is able to apply your brand’s strategy to whatever they are doing: whether that be the tone in a sales email, the house style in a marketing visual, or the ideal user experience on a webpage. You’ve already personalized your recipe for company success in hiring a High-Flyer, now you’ve just got to make sure that your new team member can replicate your brand recipe to perfection. Although all our High-Flyers are ambition-driven, it’s up to you to write the rulebook for what you expect from them.

2. Define your goals

Alright, you’ve taught your High-Flyer about what you have in place, now it’s time to show them what you still want. Explore this before your High-Flyer’s first day, so you know exactly what you’re hoping to achieve in hiring a student freelancer. Then, you can explain your company goals in a way that directly connects your High-Flyer’s work to the long-term-- this will help them get a better grip on what their task looks like and how they can use their ideas to help you grow. Use the first week to discuss the milestones and timeline you have in mind. Get your High-Flyer involved right away: from the first week, set clear goals for the first week so you can see how they respond to them. If you’ve already explained your core mission and approaching goals as a company, then your High-Flyer should know just what to do. Same page, same success!

3. Plan out future communication

Once the page of preparation is full, it must be folded up and sent off-- this is the step in the onboarding journey where communication comes in! Reach out to your High-Flyer and schedule a first-time Zoom meeting as soon as possible so that you can discuss all of the expectations and goals mentioned above. Make sure you’ve transmitted the contact information of all main contact persons for your High-Flyer, and don’t forget to define your preferred channel(s) of communication to facilitate any future collaborations and alleviate possible confusion. With proper communication comes proper alignment!

Plan out future communication. With proper communication comes proper alignment, too.

Three steps to making the first week a success-- all based on proper preparation and precision in your directions. The more effort you put into onboarding your High-Flyer at the beginning, the less you’ll have to put in later on in the process, when our student freelancers should be putting their independent determination to work and produce results for your company without having to be reminded to do so-- an elaborate and engaging introduction will keep them in the loop for the long run, with lots of pleasant and time-saving surprises to come of that High-Flyer magic!

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