Top Tips For Starting Your New Job

  • Posted by: AD Engineering
  • Date: 12 October 2017

You did it! You got the job! Well done, it’s not easy to get a job in the current market and now you’ll wanting to be make a good impression. Starting a new job can be a nerve-wracking time, even for people who have worked at lots of jobs, so you’re bound to be nervous. Will they like me? Will I like them? What will the work be like?

The main thing is not to worry and stress about your first day. It’s meant to be an exciting, positive time. Just to be sure, have a quick read of our guide to having a good first day at work.

Plan ahead
Just like your job interview, the impression you give and the impact you make on your first day can depend very much on how much preparation you’ve done. So, do some homework! Make sure you’re taken time to understand the job responsibilities (as far as you’ve been told), research the company again, and potentially understand as much as you can about the company culture. If it’s possible, it might be good to have taken a bit of time off before your new role to get yourself mentally and physically ready.
Think about what you’re going to wear. Check the office dress code and make sure you’re well presented. Remember, people will be meeting you for the first time and making immediate judgements.

Prepare a pitch
Get ready to give a small explainer of who you are and where you were before, as many new colleagues will likely ask about your previous place of employment. Be prepared to also describe what you’ll be doing in this new position, since there may be people who have a vague understanding of your role or simply want to strike up a conversation.

Arriving
Show up early, but enter the building on time. Get there at least 15 minutes early. If you haven’t done the commute before, practice it a couple of times during rush hour a week before so that you’re at least somewhat prepared for the unknown.

Be confident
You may suddenly unsure of yourself. Everyone feels this way on their first day, whether they’re a first timer or not. You don’t know anyone and you have a lot to learn, so it’s to be expected. Don’t show you’re scared, be friendly with people and show you’re keen to get started and learn. Nobody expects you to know anything on your first day!

Ask Questions/Ask for Help
No one expects you to know everything when you first start a new job so feel free to ask questions or ask for help when you need it. Remember that it’s better to ask for clarification before you’ve spent time completing a task the wrong way. It can be easy to let pride get in the way when you first start a job but pretending you know things you don’t isn’t the wise path. Listen to your coworker, ask questions and communicate openly with your supervisors about any concerns that arise.

Learn Everything You Can About Your New Employer
In theory, you should have already done your homework during the interviewing process, but there is always a lot more to learn once you’re on the inside. Get an employee handbook and study it. In addition, gather all those reports and company literature and read as much as you can to become an expert on your organization.

Don’t turn down lunch
If you’re offered to go have lunch with your new boss and coworkers. It’s important to show that you’re ready to mingle with your new team, so save the packed lunch for another day.

Be yourself
Think of ways to be relaxed and project yourself as who you are. You want some consistency in who you are on day one and day 31. If you have the jitters, pretend you’re meeting people at a business mixer or in the comfort of your own home, and that these are all friends getting to know each other. That’s not far from the truth; you’ll be working closely with them and enjoy building the relationship, so why not start now?

Leave with a good attitude
The last thing to remember is that while the first day at a new job is very important, you shouldn’t be too hard on yourself if it doesn’t go flawlessly. Yes, you should prepare and try to do your best, but remember that if you try to accomplish too much, you may get overwhelmed. Know that there’s always tomorrow.”