5 Things You Should Always Do When You Start a New Job

Walking to work image blogStarting a new job can be a nerve wracking experience. You don’t know what to expect: will the people working there be friendly, will my boss be nice, or how long will it take me to figure out what I need to do? The following are my top guidelines to help you get off to a great start in your new job.

Tip 1 – Good First Impression

It is crucial that you arrive on time, and be pleasant and enthusiastic, without being over the top. It can take a long time for people to change their mind about you after a bad first impression so it is important to show your colleagues that you are pleased to be there and are looking forward to working with them. Learning people’s names can be quite helpful.

Tip 2 – Know Your Job

It is important to be aware of what expectations your boss has for you.  You should know which aspects of your job are the most important so you know how to prioritise tasks when under pressure with deadlines. Obtaining a detailed job description from your boss will tell you precisely what is expected of you.

Tip 3 – Understand the Culture

Keep up-to-date with the company’s policies and procedures. Communicate with your colleagues and observe how they work. This will help you adapt to the company’s way of doing things.

Tip 4 – Find a Mentor

A mentor should be able to provide you with an inside perspective on the company and help you progress in the organisation. It is important to find a mentor that you have a natural rapport with. Having a mentor is a huge advantage, it will help you to develop your career and get the most from your time with the company.

Tip 5 – Commit to Your New Job

Don’t dwell on the past, leave your old job behind.  Avoid referring to your old job in conversations as there is nothing worse than hearing someone constantly say “that’s not how we did things in my last company.”

Bonus Tip

Finally, remember to be patient. It takes time to settle into a new job, so embrace the challenge and get stuck in.