Got the job? Here’s 6 things to remember for your first day!
To make the most of your first few weeks in your new role there are a few things you can do to make things easier:
1) Create relationships
You’re here to work and do the very best job you can, but building relationships will not only make your working relationships easier, it’s a chance to make some great new friends with lots of social possibilities. You’re going to be spending almost every day surrounded by these people so turning colleagues into friends will really benefit your experience (it’s important to establish this within the first couple of weeks).
So, make an effort - attend Friday night drinks, have a coffee and a chat – stopping to introduce yourself when passing someone you’ve not spoken to yet will have a great impact.
2) Set clear tangible goals
Chances are you’ve already impressed your employers with ideas that you want to bring to your new role. Once you’ve been there a week or two you should hopefully have some clarity on how to implement them, who can help you and what targets you’re aiming for. Have a sit down with your managers to discuss them so you’re all on the same page!
3) Make your mark
Arrive on time. You should approach new projects with the passion that got you the job in the first place. Be open to getting involved with everything and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Let your enthusiasm shine through and get stuck in from the get go!
4) Find your direction
Getting a new job is a two-way thing. Not only will it be of great benefit to your company – it’s also a great step in the right direction for your career. In the early months of your new role you should really step back and consider what you want to get from the job. Whether it’s experience in a certain part of the job or developing your skills in another area. Prioritise the role for you, whilst still completing all your tasks.
5) Secure a 'Stupid question buddy'
It’s only natural to get a little nervous when you start a new job. You’re still getting to know people and working out their personalities but there’s sure to be that one person who makes you feel extra comfortable and you instantly got along with. If you have a question that could be a little embarrassing because you think you should already know the answer - ask them. No question is silly if you need to know the answer – sometimes it just feels that way.
6) Rest and reflect
A lot of change at once can take its toll on a person. You’re meeting lots of new people and taking in lots of new information, all whilst in a new environment. It’s important you take time to rest once the working day is over, especially in your first week or two. Eat well, keep hydrated and don’t get to bed too late – you don’t want to be yawning at your desk. First impressions count!
Written by Paul Marks.