The First 30 Days of a New Job...
Congratulations, you’ve got a new job!
You’ve nailed the interview stage and have been offered the position - that’s great, but don’t be fooled, your work is far from over.
The first 30 days of a new job are essentially an extension of the interview process. You are still forming initial impressions, and your employer is watching you to ensure you are the right fit for the role and the company. Here are our top tips for nailing the first month in your new job:
Get clarity on your role
Make sure you start off on the right foot so there are no surprises further down the line. Sit down with your boss and go through your goals, their expectations and what your plan is for the next 30/60/90 days. Having a solid plan is a great way to show your boss your achievements, as well as showing that you are organised and results orientated.
Likewise, a great way to find your place within a company is to talk to your colleagues. Make an effort to talk to different members of the team - even if their role isn’t directly connected to yours - by understanding their role; work; and how they fit into the team, it might just make your role a little bit clearer. You might find that someone in the team used to do your role, or something similar, who can act as a mentor throughout your first days - experience is the greatest teacher after all. There is no better way to get a feel of how the office works, what the company is like and how to succeed than by talking to your peers - plus you might even make some friends!
Carry a notebook and pen
Very old school, but if it’s not broke don’t fix it! You are making the effort to ask your boss questions and your peers for advice, so make notes! You never know when someone will give you a golden nugget of information, so it’s always good to have a notebook on hand. Please note, I am advising a notebook not a phone, when you take notes on your phone it’s not clear that you are taking notes. The last thing you want is the person talking to you, or even bystanders in the office, thinking that you are busy texting or checking emails whilst someone is trying to give you advice. Taking notes will instil to people that you are a good listener, organised and good at taking instructions. It might seem like a small detail, but it’s all about the marginal gains folks.
Deliver beyond expectations
Treat everyday like it’s your first day. You’ve sold yourself well in the interview, now prove you can walk the walk. It’s important to understand that no one is looking for you to come in and turn the whole company upside down on your first day, but don’t take the comfortable route of ‘I’m new I don’t know how to do that yet’. Instead, just learn how to do it. Show you want to get stuck in - remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day… but I bet they worked bloody hard to get it done.
Always go that extra mile, complete your tasks, then ask what else needs to be done. If your colleagues are struggling to meet a deadline and it’s looking like it’s going to be a late night at the office, don’t leave at 5 on the dot, stay and help them. It’s all about showing that you care about the company, the job, and that you are a hard worker.
Punctuality is the politeness of kings
I know it’s obvious, but please be on time. Nothing screams unreliable like someone who is consistently late, even if it is 1 minute past 9am, you’re late. Be well rested, arrive 10 minutes early, and start your day prepared.
Ease your way into the team
Whilst it’s great to be enthusiastic and make suggestions about how to improve the business - don’t go in all guns blazing, proposing to change everything that’s been done previously. You might have great ideas, but you don’t have any background knowledge as to why certain processes are in place. There is no harm in asking why something is done in a certain way or if they’ve ever considered doing it differently - but don’t call them out on everything you think they are doing wrong, you might just rub people up the wrong way.
Admit to mistakes
Mistakes happen, don’t worry. Even the most experienced employees will slip up every now and again, never mind when you are in a new role learning new systems, softwares and so on. In the situation that you make a mistake, however, make sure you raise your hand immediately. Own it, help to rectify it, show that you can learn from it. Nothing raises a red flag more than an excuse - never make out that it ‘wasn’t your fault’. It’s childish, dishonest and will raise concerns that you will be hard to work with in the future. You might worry that your boss will think you aren’t capable of doing the role - but don’t. They’ll understand that mistakes happen, it’s all about how you react to it.
Sleep well, Eat well
I know this sounds like life guidance not work advice - but honestly what’s the difference. Late nights, processed food and beer are not great for brain function… shockingly. Some steady exercise, healthy eating and a full nights sleep will do your working life wonders. You’ll be less tired, more productive and all in all more successful. At least take this advice for the first fortnight of your new job - you’ll thank me.
Enter each day with enthusiasm to work, learn, and meet new people. Not only will you be liked by fellow employees, but it shows that you enjoy coming to work, you enjoy a challenge, and you’re in it for the long run. Plus, smiling is scientifically proven to make you feel happier - so you’re in for an enjoyable month!
We can’t promise that following these guidelines will guarantee you total success, but it’ll get you off to a good start!
We wish you the best of luck in your new role - you’ll be great! Make sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Linkedin for more help and advice.