Your hard work has paid off and you’re now counting down the days until you start your dream job. We’re sure you’ll be keen to make the best first impression you can with your new employer, manager and colleagues to ensure your new role is a success.
So how can you ensure you do this? Here’s 5 things our team think you should do within the first month of your new job to stand you in good stead for the future.
Say ‘Yes’ to everything
Ok we’re not talking about getting walked all over or turning into the office skivvy, but be enthusiastic and be prepared to get involved in every opportunity that is offered to you. If you’re recommended to sit in on an important client meeting, offered to listen to how a senior colleague practices their pitch, asked to help when everyone is trying to meet an important deadline, or are just invited to team drinks on a Friday evening, get involved and try your best to become part of the team. It’s moments like these where you will learn the most and find out more about the colleagues who will play a big part in your day to day working life.
The first month of your new role is the perfect time to ask questions about anything you’re unsure of, whether it’s where people go for lunch or how to use the company’s database. The more questions you ask, the more you’ll pick up and most people will appreciate this, as it shows you have a strong willingness to learn. It’ll help you to understand the business quickly and get you up-to-speed much faster than trying to figure it out on your own.
Ensure you know what is expected of you
Sure, you should have a pretty sound understanding of your responsibilities and what your job entails, but during the first month, ensure you find out what is expected of you in your role. What do people need and want from you, what defines success in your job and what does your manager want you to have done within the first few months? Knowing the answers to these questions will help to focus your mind and give you something clear to work towards, rather than potentially spending time and effort on the wrong tasks.
Whilst it’s important to work hard and make a good impression, don’t forget to socialise with your colleagues and start building strong relationships. Your colleagues will become a large part of your life and the better your working relationships, the more you will enjoy your role and be effective within your work. Networking with colleagues could also open you up to opportunities outside of your normal remit and you could even find a mentor to help guide you through your first few months.
Lastly, don’t forget to enjoy it! You’ve worked hard to secure a new role, so although it can be nerve wracking, embrace it and make the most of every opportunity.
Congratulations from all the team on your new role. We hope it goes well. If you need any help or advice on future roles, feel free to contact us. Our recruitment consultants can help you find the perfect job for you. Email us today or call 0203 585 7286.