So, you’ve got the job – now what? How do you successfully start in a new role and keep it? How do you slot into the company culture and find your place in the vibe and feeling of the office? We’ll take you through some of our best tips:
1. Research the company
Before starting a new job, it’s important to research the company you’ll be working for. You should familiarise yourself with their mission, values, culture, and history. Coming in with an understanding of the company will mean you’re more prepared and able to ask valuable questions.
2. Dress appropriately for your new job
Dressing appropriately for work shows that you respect the job and are taking it seriously. Make sure you understand the company’s dress code before your first day. Making a good first impression goes a long way to setting yourself up for a good run at your new company.
3. Arrive early
Make sure that you do a practice run of your route the day before. Get a feel for the traffic at that time of the day. Set multiple alarms to make sure you don’t sleep in. Schedule in an extra 10 – 15 minutes of commute time just in case. Arriving early on your first day shows that you’re punctual and reliable. Plus, it gives you some extra time to settle in and get comfortable.
4. Be prepared for your new job
Bring any necessary documents or paperwork, such as your ID or social security card, on your first day. Being caught without the necessary documents could make you look disorganised and like you’re not serious about the role. You should also bring a pen and notebook to take notes. You’ll be getting a ton of information very fast, so writing it down makes sure you have something to refer back to when you inevitably forget something.
5. Ask questions
Don’t be afraid to ask questions if you’re unsure about something. It’s better to ask for clarification than to make a mistake. If there are less urgent things that you’re unsure about, write them down and bring them up with your Manager at your next one-on-one meeting. If you’re working in a helpful, collaborative office, people should be happy to answer your questions and get you on the right path.
6. Listen and observe
Pay attention to how things are done at the company and take note of the company’s culture. Most companies will have an org chart of how things are structured. You can ask for one to see who reports to who and what the chain of command is. This will help you fit in better and understand how to work effectively.
7. Build relationships in your new job
Take the initiative to introduce yourself to your co-workers and start building relationships with them. Find opportunities to start conversations. Ask your co-workers questions about their time at the company. This will not only give you more information on the company. It can also help you feel more comfortable in your new job and help you learn the ropes.
8. Be open-minded
Starting a new job can be overwhelming but try to keep an open mind and be adaptable. Don’t be resistant to change or new ways of doing things. Remember that you’re not an expert and even if you’re not used to doing it the company way, it may be a more effective way than you’re used to. There may be opportunities to suggest other ways of doing things, but make sure that you show that you’re also willing to adapt to the current way of doing things too.
9. Take breaks
Don’t forget to take breaks throughout the day to recharge. You’ll probably be eager to get stuck in and eager to show that you’re taking things seriously, but you also don’t want to burn yourself out early on. Taking short walks or stepping away from your desk can help improve productivity and reduce stress.
10. Set goals in your new job
Set realistic goals for yourself in your new job, both short-term and long-term. This can help you stay motivated and track your progress. And if there’s an opportunity, share these with your Manager. You may be able to work with your company to achieve the things you want to achieve. In fact, in an ideal company, you should be working with your company to ensure both you and the company are achieving your respective goals.
11. Be positive
Starting a new job can be nerve-wracking but try to maintain a positive attitude. This can help you build relationships, stay motivated, and enjoy your new role. This also means staying out of gossip, drama, and office politics as far as possible. Unless it’s something directly making your job difficult to do, it’s far better to avoid trouble by staying out of it. People are drawn to positivity and confidence, so the more you project that, the more people will enjoy working with you.
There’s no right or wrong way to start a new job. Just be prepared, be open and teachable, and be willing to build into your company and your relationships with your new co-workers. You’ll find there’s no reason that your new job can’t become your dream job.
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