Starting a new job

March 26th, 2024

STARTING A NEW JOB....can be both exciting and daunting. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you prepare for your new start!

  • Prepare mentally: Approach your new job with a positive mindset. Embrace the opportunity to learn and grow in your new role.
  • Review the job description: Familiarise yourself with the responsibilities outlined in your job description once more. Identify key tasks, expectations, and deliverables for your new role, maybe ask if you can prepare or research anything before your first day.
  • Connect with your manager or supervisor: Reach out to your manager or supervisor before your start date if possible. Clarify any questions you may have, agree a start time or you may want to find out about the onboarding process and what the first day and weeks ahead will look like! If you had a long notice period, or generally feel more comfortable by saying "hello" again, you could suggest a drop in, meet the team or have a one to one with your new manager!
  • Get organised: Prepare any necessary documents or materials for your first day, such as identification, banking information for payroll and any paperwork requested by HR/or your future line manager.
  • Dress appropriately: Dress according to the company's dress code. When in doubt, it's better to be slightly overdressed than underdressed on your first day.
  • Arrive early: Plan to arrive early on your first day to allow for any unexpected delays.
  • Listen and learn: Pay attention during meetings, training sessions. Take notes (a big yes here!) and ask questions to clarify any information you may not understand.
  • Seek feedback: Be open to feedback from your manager, colleagues. Use feedback as an opportunity for growth and improvement.
  • Clarify expectations: If you're unsure about expectations or procedures, don't hesitate to ask for clarification. It's better to seek clarity upfront than to make assumptions that could lead to misunderstandings.
  • Take initiative: Demonstrate your enthusiasm and willingness to contribute by taking initiative on tasks and projects. Look for opportunities to add value and make meaningful contributions to your new team.
  • Stay flexible and adaptable: Be prepared to adapt to new processes, technologies, and ways of working. Flexibility is key to navigating the challenges and changes that may arise in a new job.
  • Set goals: Discuss your short-term and long-term goals with your manager. Setting clear objectives will help you stay focused and motivated in your new role.
  • Take care of yourself: Starting a new job can be overwhelming, so remember to prioritise self-care. Get plenty of rest, eat healthily, and manage stress through your other interests in life. Don't expect to know everything in your first week!! It will probably take a good few months before you start to feel comfortable again!

By following these steps, you can ease the transition into your new job and set yourself up for success.

Many congratulations on your new opportunity and best of luck!

If you have any concerns about starting a new job or are in fact looking for a fresh new challenge. Do reach out to Clare at Vardey Recruitment, we will be delighted to hear from you!


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