- August 26th, 2016
Congratulations! You’ve landed a new job. You are about to embark on a brand new, exciting journey in your professional life. Are you ready?
Even if you’ve been given your dream job, starting in a new role is never easy. It’s very common to have those first day jitters and to feel unsure about what to expect. You’re certainly not alone. Everyone is the new employee at some juncture; now it’s your turn. However, just because you’re new doesn’t mean you can’t rock it from day one. Starting with your very first day on the job, here are our 5 best tips for immediate success.
1. Keep an open mind.
Perhaps the best piece of advice when starting with a new employer is to maintain an open mind. You’ve likely developed some expectations about your new place of employment based on previous knowledge, the company’s reputation, and your experience in the interview. Remember that things don’t usually look on the inside as they appear on the outside. Enter your new role with a fully open mind, putting your expectations and judgements to the side. You need to give your new job at least a few weeks to make a firm assessment. At first, just soak up everything like a sponge. This tactic will help you be open to learning new things and make it easiest for you to adapt readily to your new environment.
2. Get the basics first.
You might be ready to dive in and start working on a big project, but don’t forget the essentials. A solid employee induction can help introduce you to workplace basics, but seasoned staff members sometimes forget to mention the little things. If you’re unsure about something, ask. Find out where the toilets are, where the coffee is located, and generally get the lay of the land. How is the hierarchy structured? Who do you report to? Better to ask a million questions upfront and make sure you’re fully outfitted with knowledge. This enables you to tackle your real work with confidence and a sense of stability.
Also, pay special attention to names on the first day at work. The connections you make will be important, and showing a genuine interest in others right away can start to solidify these from the start. Remembering names is half the battle.
3. Introduce yourself with gusto.
When starting a new job, you’re already feeling slightly out of place; why not embrace it? Say hello with gusto! Take this opportunity to introduce yourself every chance you get. You can start of with a bang, showcasing yourself as a friendly, engaged personality that your colleagues will soon know and love. Introducing yourself also demonstrates initiative and confidence (even if you’re not feeling it 100% that first day) which can help put you on a better footing moving forward.
4. Find an employee who can be your guide.
As you start to get to know the other employees in your workplace, you can begin identifying those who may prove to be your greatest allies. As a new staff member, you will want to align yourself with someone who can give you a helping hand as you go. Some employers set up such a partnership as part of their induction process, but if not, be sure to pick out a seasoned veteran of the company who seems open and willing to give you some guidance. This person can offer insight into the company culture and help you navigate office procedures and policies. (Don’t depend solely on this individual, however, as becoming too “clingy” can be an obstacle both for them and for you, but do show your gratitude abundantly).
5. Make your best first impression.
Just because you’ve got the job doesn’t mean you should stop impressing your new employer. Go the extra mile right from the start and make a great impression. You should dress cleanly and professionally, be prompt and on time (early, even) and bring with you that most important of tools—a great attitude. Starting your new job like this can make a major difference in how much you enjoy your new role and even in how well you succeed.
Are you still looking for that dream role? We’d love to help you find it. On Line Recruitment and Labour Hire offers free, expert services for jobseekers. Together, we will find you a great employer with the perfect opportunity you’ve been looking for. Interested? Give us a call and we’ll set up an appointment to discuss your future.