Your first job, your next job (or just ‘a job’), this could be the beginning of something great. For example, I spent college and university as a Sales Assistant. Then I landed a role as an Administrator in a learning support environment. Later, I progresed onto a Marketing Assistant role. And today, I am happy to be a Marketing Coordinator and Content Writer.
Throughout all of this I achieved many experiences throughout the media (television, writing, social media, research) education, and other industries.
Whether you become newly employed in a different workplace to pay the bills or to dream bigger, there are important things you should remember. A lot of us have worked hard to get where we are today.
Have you heard of Recruitment Revolution? They take your talent and place you with the best employed suited for you and your skills. Since 2005 they’ve helped their clients expand their teams and increased their brand recognition.
Charlotte from RecruitmentRevolution.com recommends:
Although it may seem obvious and somewhat tedious to suggest, our employers are looking for the soft skills that make a candidate a fit for their company. Punctuality, friendliness and an ability to get on with others are more important that many think. It’s certainly not all about qualifications and academics – which is a common misconception we come across.
Additionally, we wrote a piece about this very topic recently on our own blog based on some research that revealed 70% of us are looking to make a strong first impression in our new jobs. And while we love that we’re so keen to please, with this resolve lasting as little as one week for some. Actions such as taking on additional work outside of our remit in order to impress can quickly lead to workplace stress and burnout – which is a huge problem for UK workers.
So our advice when starting a new job is to have the confidence to simply be yourself and know that the “everyday” you is more than enough to keep your new boss delighted with your performance!
You don’t have to grasp everything straight away
Whether it’s your first day, week, or month, you’re new to the team. You’re being trained, adapting to a new working environment, and learning new knowledge and skills. Even over years, we learn something new, so take things in your stride and do the best that you possibly can. Do remember to listen and be attentive to what you’re being told.
Don’t be frightened to share your ideas
Some people prefer not to share their ideas until they are longer into their role. But it’s okay if you would like to contribute ideas in team meetings or just on a 1-1 level with your manager. I’ve learnt that sometimes suggestions can be an idea worth thinking about. Even if they aren’t, you’re still allowed to have your voice where it’s appropriate.
Make use of that notepad
That notebook is your best friend at this moment in time. Even though we are able to store notes on our tablets, and other devices, notepads are definitely an essential. Whether it’s passwords, how to, or dates to remember, they’re always great for storing information. Especially if you are travelling to a different site or looking back on notes from meetings.
Get organised – it’s a great key trait to have in any job
Organise yourself. Understand your hours, appointments, or events that are coming up. Become familiar with your calendar system online and offline. Start to understand the organisation chart and getting to know other members of staff. Pay attention and take all of the advice and information you are given from day one. Have a system – what goes where? Maybe you like to have a colour coded system. We all have our own ways.
Ask as many questions as you need to
Would you rather sit there booking up the confidence to ask a question to know how to do something/learn about what something is all about or find out and feel more engaged with what you’re working on?
From someone who used to be really anxious about starting a new job, I am more than happy to give more advice. Remember, just ask!