Top tips for settling into a new job
Has the New Year heralded the start of a new career for you? However experienced you are, the first few weeks in a new job can be just as intimidating as they are exciting. We’ve compiled some of the top tips our recruitment consultants regularly share as part of their ongoing support for our candidates, even after they’ve found them a new role.
1. Build respect
Build respect and trust by looking for ways to help out and take an interest in what other people are doing. Try to pick up on your new colleague’s working styles and adapt your approach to meet their needs. If you are a manager, take time to get to know your team as well as other senior colleagues. Building relationships will enable you to nurture a strong team spirit and establish yourself as a supportive leader from day one.
2. Understand the new culture
Use your first few weeks to absorb what goes on around you in order to understand the organisation’s culture and values, and how it engages with its customers, employees and the local community. In many instances the culture will stem from an organisation’s origins. Read up on its history as well as any current mission statements, business plans and company handbooks. Also, look at how new ideas are developed and implemented, and understand who the key decision makers are.
3. Get to grips with your job description
A written job description is only one element in fully understanding your responsibilities. It’s also important to establish people’s expectations of you, and for you to discover the structure and skills available within your team to help you meet these expectations. Although you will be expected to deliver results eventually, be patient and don’t rush with ambitious goals. Spend time developing your knowledge of the organisation’s industry, its customers, competitors, products, services and people. When you have absorbed the necessary information, you will be in a stronger position to really start performing at your best.
4. Build a rapport with the boss
Request meetings with your boss on a consistent basis to review your performance, and also to establish a rapport. If they haven’t provided you with a list of expectations for your probationary period, take proactive action. Either ask your manager to write some goals and objectives for you, or write them yourself and ask for them to be approved. Make sure you schedule in an informal review of your performance halfway through the probationary period, so you can put yourself back on course if things are going wrong.
5. Find a mentor
As you get introduced to senior staff, look for those who convey reliability, confidence and initiative, and who could act as a mentor for you. Mentoring has numerous benefits, from having an experienced, knowledgeable person to bounce ideas off, through to someone who actively helps direct and advance your career within the organisation.