If you're just about to start with your new employer take note of these handy tips to help you on your way.
Plan your arrival at your new workplace as carefully as you did leaving your old job. If you can, schedule a break between jobs. Taking a few days off, or a vacation if you can swing it, is a good way to decompress, relax, and start anew with a refreshed and engaged brain.
Arrive on time and well-prepared, avoiding any external factors that could make you stressed. For example, it might be worth checking the best route the night before to avoid any travel troubles as well. Also take time to double-check all the starting information you've received. If you're unsure of anything, get in touch with the HR department. Make note of a few essentials to take in with you, such as your bank account details, for a smoother transition.
Although you will have displayed numerous qualities during your interview, your first few days in a new position will have an even stronger bearing on how you will be perceived by your new employers.
Your first few months in the office set the tone for your future at the company and relationship with your coworkers. While it’s important to jump into the action and prove you are right for the role, you may not realise you’re making a few crucial, but common, mistakes when starting a new job.
On your first day, be ready to share a little bit about yourself when you are introduced to your new colleagues. Don’t be defensive or cagey, but similarly don’t plunge into a full critique of previous unfulfilling roles and overly-personal details. You’re under no pressure to reveal anything you don’t want to; your background and a little bit about you as a person should be enough. As these will be the colleagues you will now be working with on a regular basis, it's important to make a great first impression so you can build strong working relationships.
Your colleagues are already friends, maybe they don't think about asking you out for lunch or coffee or after-work drinks. But that doesn't mean you're not welcome. It just means they haven't thought about it, and if you don't have a Manager who initiates team bonding, you might never get asked. Next time they are going somewhere, invite yourself along. They will not say no! Plus, how else will you find out where the best cafes are and get the inside goss on the team and company.
Check out your new employer’s social media policy. Some companies don’t care about employee’s posting on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or other social media sites during working hours. Others have policies that prohibit it. Find out what is acceptable before you start posting. Take the time to vet your social pages. Some of your new co-workers or even your new boss might want to be your Facebook friend. Make sure what they can view is fit for public consumption. Check your privacy settings and be careful about who gets to see what
Practice patience and allow yourself to experience the process of learning the business. Plus, taking a step back in the beginning stage can help build trust among colleagues, so that when you do decide to completely change the way everything works, you’ll have your new coworkers as allies.
As much as you’re likely to want to hit the ground running, you can’t expect to be an expert in the field in your first few weeks. So if you don’t know something, or you feel like you need help, always ask – speaking up is not a sign of weakness.
Whatever you do, do it to the best of your ability, and don’t accept half measures. That way your boss will notice the effort you’re putting in.
Keep a record of your accomplishments and contributions from day one, including emails thanking you for your work, performance reports, and all positive feedback. When it's time for your performance review, if you're seeking promotion or negotiating a pay rise, you'll wish you had done it. So start now!
Always 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 be realistic. Take on what you know you can do well, and always talk to your team if you feel like you need a hand.