Starting a new job can be a stressful and exhilarating experience. No matter how far into your career you are, beginning a new job is always a little intimidating. The government is in the process of reshuffling its cabinet, and several members of government are likely to be taking on new ministerial posts. In honour of these changes at the top, we are giving our top 6 tips for starting a new job.

Tip 1 – First Impressions Count

The single most important thing you can do on your first day is make a good impression with your colleagues and superiors. The impact of a bad first impression can linger for a long time, and prove quite difficult to overcome. It is vital that you are punctual and enthusiastic, show everyone that you are happy to be there.

Tip 2 – Learn Your Role

Obtain a detailed job description from your boss so that you know precisely what is expected of you, and what you are responsible for. Having a clear understanding of your duties and responsibilities will help you prioritise how much time you give to each task. In situations where you are working under a tight deadline, knowing what is the most important task to be completed will help you avoid making any costly mistakes.

Tip 3 – Understand the Culture

Learn the culture of the company. Most employees will undergo a training period of a few days, or a few weeks, when they start their job. Use this time wisely. Learn everything you can about the company’s policies and procedures, observe how people interact with one another and how they go about their work. Talk to everybody, from the cleaners to the manager, your new colleagues will be a great source of information on how to fit in, and what the expectations are for you and the company. Getting to know your colleagues will also help you settle in quickly.

Tip 4 – Find a Mentor

This can be your immediate supervisor or someone else in a more senior role in the organisation. Having a mentor to guide you is a huge advantage. A mentor can give you an inside perspective on what it takes to get ahead in the company, is an excellent source of knowledge and advice, can provide you with opportunities to gain experience, and can assist you in developing your talents. Mentors are a trove of insights and experience that will help you develop your career.

Tip 5 – Move on, mentally and physically

There is nothing worse than hearing someone constantly refer to “the way we used to do things”. This is not what your new colleagues want to hear every few minutes.  Yes, of course you should suggest improvements based on your past experience but don’t harp on about how great your previous employer was! Change your LinkedIn profile immediately. It will demonstrate how committed you are to the new company. Leaving your old job up for a couple of months can really create a negative impression.

Tip 6 – Be Patient  

Finally, be patient, it takes time to settle in to a new job. Ask questions, be enthusiastic, work hard, and everything will come together.

Niall Murray

Managing Director

Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services