How to: Start a new job By Lynn Cahillane (Reed.co.uk)
For most of us, starting a new job is an exciting prospect. But it can feel overwhelming too. A bit like your first day at school, the chances are you’ll be unsure where to go, what to do and who to talk to.
But there are a few things you can do to make sure your first day(s) and week(s) go as smoothly as possible.
Here’s our guide to getting off on the right foot in your new role.
Get to Know the Team
If you make an effort to fit into your new team and show you’re enthusiastic about your work, your new colleagues will naturally be more open and welcoming to you.
During the first few days of your job, you should try and schedule some time with each of your teammates and other co-workers who you’ll be working with. Try and find out how long they’ve been at the company, what positions they’ve held, what they do and where they’ve worked in the past.
If there are social occasions, such as after-work drinks or group lunches, make an effort to attend as it’s a great way to feel part of the team and get to know the team on a more personal level.
Know your objectives
Top of the list of no-no’s is going in with too many expectations. Be realistic about what you aim to achieve, especially in the early months, and don’t set yourself up for a fall. By the same token, if your new boss expects unrealistic results from you, address the issue quickly before it becomes a problem.
Beware of overdoing it. It can be tempting in a new job to volunteer for everything with the aim of making a good impression, but remain realistic. Take on what you know you can do well and always leave yourself a bit of elbow room in case the task takes longer than you first thought. Make sure that whatever you do, you do it to the best of your ability and make sure your boss notices the effort you’re putting in.
Taking it slowly versus throwing you in at the deep end
Different companies have different ideas about how to introduce a new member of staff to their tasks. You’ll have some idea of your role because of the work you put into your application and getting through the interview.
Some companies will ease you in gently with some introductory training and interaction with the business, whereas others may set objectives and deadlines immediately. Whichever approach your new employer takes, be ready to get stuck into your work – and avoid complaining, at all costs.
Different workplaces have different practices when it comes to probationary periods. Some use this time to provide you with extra training and support from a mentor, and, of course, to ensure you’re up to the job.
Make the most of this time to get to know your team, what’s expected of you in your new role and, if you have any issues, make sure you address them at this time. At the end of the period, it’s good to sit down with your manager and review your performance and set out new objectives and discuss further training, if required.
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