Starting a new job is a milestone in the lives of many. It’s a fresh start, a new beginning and an exciting opportunity. However, it carries a degree of pressure too. It’s natural for someone to feel nervous as they begin a new job, I know I was! Entering an unfamiliar environment and tasked with meeting new colleagues isn’t easy for everyone. It can be tricky to balance the nerves and the excitement as you tackle your new responsibilities, so it’s important to remind yourself of a few things when you are starting your new job.
Here are 5 things to remember when starting a new job:
1. Be prepared
Get prepared and organised ahead of your first day. Don’t leave it until the last minute to arrange any items or materials you might need to bring. Figure out what your commute is going to be, google the route, take traffic into consideration and if possible, make the trip a few days ahead of time to gauge the distance. Allow extra time for any potential delays and aim to arrive ten minutes early on the day. There is nothing worse than being late on your first day!
2. Build Relationships
Building relationships with your colleagues and manager will help you to feel more comfortable, and part of the organisational community. Be friendly and proactive in getting to know co-workers. Don’t be afraid to share details about yourself, and find common interests to talk about. Try speaking about things other than work like hobbies or current affairs. This will build a sense of trust and familiarity between you all.
3. Ask Questions!
The best way to learn is by asking questions, especially during your initial training period. This also indicates that you are committed to the role and eager to learn and take on responsibility. If you find yourself coming up with a lot of questions, jot them all down and ask your manager if you can sit down with them for ten minutes to go through everything at once. Asking questions is always a good thing, so don’t be afraid!
4. Ask for feedback
Feedback is a vital indicator of how you are doing in your role, especially at the beginning! Don’t be afraid to ask your manager or supervisor for feedback. Not only does this indicate your investment in your new position, but is also a useful opportunity to review your performance, receive suggestions for improvement, and to get advice & encouragement.
5. Don’t stress
I know, easier said than done, right? Starting in a new role is an exciting step to take in your career, but it is also a major change. The first few days can be intense as you go through training and there is a lot to take in and learn. Be patient with yourself, and don’t expect to know everything overnight! Getting to grips with all of the information will take time. If you feel yourself getting stressed out, pause, take a deep breath, and remember that you are not expected to get it all at once.
Overall, starting a new job is a positive change and should be viewed as a valuable opportunity. When all aspects of the change are considered it’s important to remember that you are making a step forward in your career. Prepare yourself for a fresh start, remain calm and grab the opportunity with both hands!
Lauren McCarthy is a Recruitment Consultant with Collins McNicholas Cork. She is part of our science and engineering recruitment team for Cork and the South East, and you can view all of her current vacancies here.