Landing a new job is the first step in building your career. However, you would be far wrong in thinking that all of the hard work has already been done – it is just the beginning.
When starting a new role it is important that you make a great first impression. After all, making the right impression within the first month of a new role is ultimately what will determine how your career develops.
Do your research
It goes without saying that you need to know exactly what the company is all about; however, it is also a great idea to do a little research into your future colleagues and the dynamics of the business – get to know and understand the company on a more personal level. Having a look at your colleagues’ LinkedIn profiles and/or arranging a time to visit the workplace to introduce yourself is a great way to do this. It will also take the pressure off a little when you actually come to starting.
Apply your skills
Remember that the company has hired you for a reason. Whether they admired your skills and personality or were impressed by your experience and knowledge, they selected you to join their team. When starting your new role, be sure to apply the factors they admired during the application process immediately.
Have an open-mind
Each and every company is different. When starting a new job you must be adaptable and open to change. With a new role comes new methods and you have to be ready to accept and move with these changes.
However, once you understand and can fully implement the methods don’t be afraid to speak up if you feel they can be improved. It is important to provide a solution though, just saying they need to be improved is pointless. Tell them how.
Be a self-starter
When you start with a new company it is likely you will be slowly eased into the role, starting with the simpler tasks. Use your initiative, if you’re struggling with a task do not be afraid to ask. It is always better to ask the question and get it right than to try and figure it out and get it wrong. Also, if you complete a task do not be afraid to ask for more work. Being proactive and productive will impress any employer.
The way you dress has a huge impact on the way people form an opinion of you – sad, but true. Dress casually in a highly corporate environment and that is likely how you will be taken, and minor details such as a creased shirt or a scuffed shoe may draw attention and highlight the fact that you do not pay attention to the smaller details. Similarly, flaunting your best three piece suit in a more casual working environment will likely give off the wrong signals. People may assume that you think you are above them. Remember to dress appropriately for the working environment.