Congratulations, you have a new job.
It’s important to make a positive impression on your boss and colleagues. You want to get off on the right foot and ensure that you don’t make any fatal mistakes.
Here are ten top tips to help you settle into your new job as quickly and as seamless as possible.
Show up on time
It’s critical to be punctual, especially on your first day in your new job. Factor in extra time if need be. Time management is an essential skill and much valued and it starts with the impression you make. If you are late you could be tarred with the wrong brush.
What you wear at work says a lot about you as a person. However free a spirit you might be in your personal time, at work there will be a culture and a formality around dress codes. You’ll want to fit in and be part of the team. Suitable attire will also get you noticed when it comes to moving up the ranks.
Follow through on induction and orientation
Advance training might be offered to you before you take up your new post, don’t make the mistake of skipping the sessions or treating them disdainfully. These are not to be taken lightly. There is a purpose to orientation and behaviours exhibited during these days will be fed back to your new boss and colleagues. Enhance your reputation by contributing actively, asking questions and being interested. That’s what a new job is all about.
Stand on your own two feet
Don’t expect to have your hand held. You’ve been given this new job on merit and whilst there maybe new systems and processes for you to take on board, you will need to assimilate them and master them as quickly as possible. Try to master them effectively and efficiently.
Your colleagues will be watching you with interest, and most of them will be more than willing to offer advice and assistance if genuinely required. Asking questions will go down well, but asking colleagues to do work for you will not. As in the point above, you have been hired to do a job and the expectation is that you can do that job with as little support as necessary. Use your initiative and be confident in getting things right.
Silence your personal mobile
Remind your nearest and dearest that you have a new job and that you will not be taking calls during the working day. Limit any personal communications to a lunch hour only and ensure that you only speak on your mobile in an emergency.
Keep your head down
Get on with what you’ve been hired to do. You accepted the role and the conditions of employment with the benefit package so now get on and prove your worth. The first few days in a new job are not the time to challenge any of the conditions.
Keep the status quo
It’s always a challenge going in as the newbie and whilst you may well want to show off your expertise and make changes you might want to wait a few weeks. Suggesting new strategies and ways of working can alienate co-workers quickly and discount you as a team player. So listen and learn, understand what works and what doesn’t whilst building your reputation before you suggest new things.
Saying the words “I don’t know” can be daunting, however it’s far better to be honest and in response to a question or expectation of a task to confidently use these words. Then you have the opportunity to find the right answer, do the right thing and discuss the outcome. Learn by being confident, by asking questions and carrying out tasks that you may never have done before.
Ask for help
Yes, once again ask questions. Avoid any failure or costly mistakes by asking for clarification on even the simplest of issues. Be clear on all company policies and procedures so that you are not surprised about when your get paid, who offers tech support and what exactly your responsibilities are.
Good luck in your new job.