08Apr

Starting a new job: Checklist


Congratulations. You’ve landed your dream job and are most likely excitedly looking ahead now that the interviewing challenge is over. It’s probably best not to allow yourself to become too complacent though. Starting a new role is a big deal and it is important to prepare yourself ahead of time so that you are ready to impress your manager and new colleagues from the word go.

Here are a few of our “best foot forward” recommendations to help you prepare for your first day.

1) Research your role and your employer

Obviously, you should have a clear picture of what your responsibilities are once you’ve accepted the role, but take the time to review your job description and any other information you have thoroughly so that you’re ready to ask the right questions and absorb familiar information more quickly.

2) Dress to impress

You probably took note of how people dressed at your new office when you were interviewing, and contract may outline what the dress code is. But it’s still advisable to be slightly overdressed than underdressed on your first day of work, as this shows that you’re taking your new role seriously and are there because you mean business.

3) Don’t be late

Just as we suggested to be early for the interview, the same goes for your first day of work. Give yourself lots of time to get ready that morning and for the commute too so that you don’t add to the stress or nerves you’ll already be feeling. Finally, make sure you have a moment to collect yourself before walking inside the building for the first time as an employee. Take a deep breath; remember why you were excited to take this job and why you are the best person for it.

4) Take notes and ask questions

As you begin your new job, don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions and take notes. Doing so shows that you’re eager to learn quickly and do well, which in turn reinforces how much you appreciate being hired. Just be sure not to ask the same questions over and over again (that’s what the notes are for.)

5) Meet as many people as possible

It’s exhausting and slightly overwhelming meeting so many new colleagues but treat everyone’s advice as important, regardless of their rank . Take the time to converse and get to know your colleagues – the quicker you develop more personable relationships with your coworkers, the sooner you’ll understand the office politics.

6) Don’t be a clock watcher

Depending on the company you’re at and the position you’re in, you probably have an official workday of about eight to nine hours. You should stick around for a bit during your first week or two to show that you’re making an effort to get up to speed as fast as you can. After you’re settled in and have shown you can do your work successfully during regular hours, there should rarely be a need to work late continuously.

Finally, if you are feeling nervous then tell yourself that they picked you because you are the best fit for the role, possibly over hundreds of applicants. The job is yours. If they didn’t want you there, you wouldn’t be there. So take a deep breath, smile and be the best person for the role. It’s time to knock their socks off.

Original source: http://leadblog.ca/2014/09/28/how-to-impress-your-boss-first-day-of-work/

 

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