Tips for Starting a New Job
by Heat Recruitment
Starting a new job can be a daunting experience, particularly on your first day when you aren’t aware of the social etiquette or atmosphere in the office. On that thought, there are some simple do’s and don’ts that you can follow to help ensure that you get off to a good start.
Do add colleagues on LinkedIn before your first day
It may seem slightly topsy-turvy to add your colleagues before you’ve even met them, but we live in a digital generation. Making yourself known before you walk through the door will not only calm your nerves, it will send an initial handshake to your new peers and show your enthusiasm to begin your new venture.
Do your research
Just as you should prepare for your interview, you should research the company further before your first day. Just getting your head around the dress codes, lunch breaks and start and finish times are important initiation points. It can be useful to have a phone call with your new hiring manager or HR representative to pin down these aspects if they aren’t sent to you in a welcome email.
Do engage with the company’s social media
Over 66 per cent of the British population are active on social media. Companies are more than aware that this is where their consumer base sits. With that in mind, it can be useful to connect with your new business’s social media accounts. Take a look at what they share, and do they publish company updates? Engagement with your new workplace online will not only get you excited to start but will keep you well informed and connected.
Do present yourself well
First impressions do count. Once you’re aware of the dress code, ensure you comply. But, also take into account the rest of your appearance. Are you freshly showered, well-presented and professional looking? Ensuring you wake up nice and early will give you the time necessary to prepare yourself for the day.
Do voice your opinions
It’s natural to feel shy in your first couple of weeks of starting a new role. The phrase walk before you can run comes to mind. That being said, you have been hired for a reason and you are more than welcome to express your opinions, give suggestions and get involved. Your manager will be more than impressed with your drive and participation.
Don’t be late
Tardiness is frowned upon in all lines of work. In your first few weeks and ongoing, it is incredibly important to evidence that you are a reliable employee. Showing up late is not only bad form, but it could indicate a lack of caring and dedication. Many corporations have a no-tolerance policy to ongoing lateness too, so ensure you’re getting off on the right foot.
Don’t try to assert your dominance
Participation is paramount in order to make your mark and provoke those good first impressions. There is however a fine line between constructive feedback and trying to reinvent the wheel. Remember you are joining a company that may have different processes and procedures – and it is your role to learn this way of working. You may have some great suggestions but try to mention them in a tactful way to avoid coming across too assertive.
Don’t be too negative on yourself
No matter how much experience you have in your profession, when starting a new role, you are a new employee. It takes time to grow, adapt and settle within a fresh corporation. Don’t get too down on yourself and be sure to request constant feedback if you require productive direction. It will show a passion to succeed.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions
Nobody is expected to walk into a company and hit the ground running, if you do, that’s great – but realistically it isn’t always possible. Systems will be different, internal processes will be unknown and you may find yourself needing some guidance. Just remember there’s no such thing as a stupid question and reaching out to colleagues is a good talking point to build those relationships.
Don’t forget to enjoy it
The thought of starting a new job is enough to give the average person some anxiety, but just remember, you have been handpicked for your role. Your manager already considers you competent and able to perform in your position. It’s likely your team are excited to welcome a new person onboard and just think, these skills and experiences are going to shape and develop your career path even more! Take a moment and be sure to give yourself a pat on the back. After all, you earned this!
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by Hollie Thomas