Starting a new job can be exciting and overwhelming all at the same time. Compare this to
your first day at school, you don’t know where to go, who to talk to or what to do. There are a few things you can do to make sure that the first day; and the following weeks run smoothly. Reed have a few pointers that can help those first day nerves:
- Get to know the team:
If you make an effort with your new team and show that you are enthusiastic, a new team will be more welcoming and approachable. Try and schedule some time with each of your new co-workers to find out more about them and their time at the company. You may find your predecessor who could have some hints and tips when undertaking the role. If there is a social event such as after work drinks or a group lunch, be proactive and get involved. It will allow you to get to know your colleagues on a personal level outside of the work environment.
- Know your objectives:
It is good to know your strengths and limitations before you start a role, obviously you will not know the exact targets and objectives but this will be a start. Be realistic about what you’re aiming to achieve as you don’t want to set yourself up for a fall. Also, be careful not to overdo it. It can be tempting to volunteer for everything to impress your new boss, but be realistic. Only take on what you know you can do well, which then means you can do it to your best ability.
- Taking it slowly versus throwing you in at the deep end:
Each company is different when introducing a new member of staff to their workload. Some will ease you in gently with an introduction and orienteering day, whereas some will set objectives straight away. Whatever happens though, be ready to get stuck in and no complaining!
- Probationary periods:
Companies use this time differently, with some giving extra training and mentoring to ensure you are the right candidate for the job. Make the most of this period, get to know your colleagues, the tasks and objectives expected, and voice any issues that crop up. Review this period with your manager once it has ended, set new targets and objectives, and discuss any further training if needed.