Starting A New Job

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So you’ve had the interviews, got the job, ironed your suit, now its Show Time! It’s time to prove that you were indeed the right choice and you deserve to be in the job.

Starting a new job can be quite daunting, whether it’s your first job, or your tenth. There might be that doubt in your mind as to whether or not you can truly step up and perform the duties asked of you. You are also going into a new environment, where everyone knows each other and you’re the outsider. Now hopefully your new colleagues are very nice and welcoming, but you will still be sceptical at first, as to whether you’ll like them, or worse they don’t like you. These are all common worries that people face when it comes to starting that new job. We would recommend that you try and engage in conversations with your colleagues. This will help relax you, and help you get to know your colleagues better and help them relax around you. They are probably just as nervous of you, as you are of them.

Take it one day at a time, remember that you are going through a learning process so don’t be afraid to make mistakes. In an ideal world you won’t make mistakes, but of course the reality is you will. Successfully dealing with those mistakes, will ensure that you are a success in the job.

So you’ve been in the Job for a few weeks, now what? By this point you will have demonstrated that you are more than capable of doing the job. However, if you are struggling with certain aspects of the role, don’t be afraid to speak to your Manager. They understand that you are still learning, and will help you overcome these problems.

As the month’s progress, it’ll start to feel like you have always been there, and you’ll also start to realise that you had nothing to worry about in the first place.

Here are some top tips on nailing those first few weeks:

  1. Ask lots of questions; even if you have done a similar role there might be different procedures.
  2. Welcome change; again even if it is a similar role, it will be a different company, so be ready to learn new ways of doing things.
  3. Be patient; you are not going to know everything straightaway, it will take time.
  4. Write notes; some aspects of your job will be similar on a day to day basis, writing notes will help you form a routine.
  5. Engage with colleagues; the rapport you initially have with your colleagues, is one of the scariest aspects of a new job. Talk to them about outside of work things and this will help build working relationships.

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