Friday, 24 August 2012

My Survival Guide To Starting A New Job

Your first day in a new job is like the first day at school; you're not quite sure where to go, what to do and who to talk to.  I hope this will give you some advice on what to do so you can stop worrying and start settling  in.

Before your begin:
  • Try and take some time off between jobs - it will clear your head and give your body the rest it needs.
  • Research where you're joining, beyond their website. Find out who's there, what they've done, how they've grown, what their reputation is like across their industry. This will really help you once you get started.

I know it takes a lot of effort to get a new job so here are my tops tips for you to take away so your first day goes as smoothly as mine did!

  • Dress  to impress - it will help you act more confidently.
  • Be on time – allow yourself extra time that morning – if you arrive very early, go  and get a coffee in a (very) nearby cafĂ© and breathe.  Watch your timings at lunch. 
  • Be confident – if you aren’t that confident as a person, act it out.
  • Introductions – make it your business to introduce yourself to others.
  • Feel free to ask advice – people love to share their answers with you. 
  • There are probably lots of transferable skills from your old job, but remember that every office has its own way of doing things.
  • Go for a coffee break – get to know your new colleagues on a personal basis.
  • Never talk negatively about your old role or colleagues – onwards and upwards!
  • Keep your phone on silent.
  • Be the one who volunteers for something, no matter what the task - team work!
  • Connect with your new colleagues, add them to your LinkedIn profile and follow them on Twitter. I would leave Facebook for personal use.

Remember the qualities that got you the job in the first place. You’ll have plenty of time to relax into your new role so make the most of it and enjoy your new work environment. 

Good luck!

Niamh, @niamini 

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