Congratulations – you’ve been offered the job!
Starting a new job is exciting – it’s an opportunity to grow in your career, learn new skills, meet new people and accomplish great things. It can also be slightly daunting, stepping in to the doors of a new workplace. Here are some tips to help you get through your first few weeks.
On your first day:
- Arrive early
- Dress professionally – even if the work place dress code is casual
- Be positive and show your enthusiasm
- Ask questions and take notes
- Get to know your team members – find out what their roles are, their experience and what you can learn from them
- Let your team members know a little about you – not just your professional background, but a few things about your personality
- Familiarise yourself with the organisation – read the company handbook, navigate your way around the company intranet
In the first few weeks:
Ask questions. Show your commitment to learning and understanding the role by asking questions and seeking clarification on anything you don’t understand, before you complete the task.
- Be a team player – contribute ideas and thoughts in team meetings, offer to assist in team projects or tasks.
- Use your initiative. Once you have had some time to familiarise yourself with some of the new processes, systems and projects you will be working on, ask for more tasks or assignments, even if it is to assist a team member.
- Maintain a good attendance track record! Be on time, take the allocated time given to you for lunchbreaks.
- Avoid checking your phone or social media or making personal phone calls on company time
- Steer clear of office politics, rumours and gossip
- Establish with your manager, what your probation period criteria is, so you know what you are working towards
- Meet regularly with your manager to discuss your progress and any obstacles you may have to achieving your goals
- Keep a record of your accomplishments and achievements