When you start a new job, all kinds of emotions are causing through your body. Nerves are running high, excitement, anticipation are only a few of what I was feeling on my first day at my new job.
On Monday, I started a new job in a property maintenance company in Bath. It’s very similar to what I had been doing previously. I interviewed for the job last year and was pipped out by 1 girl. When I saw that same job had come up again on Indeed, I jumped at the chance to work there. The entire process from application to job offer was all of 4 days. Here are some tips on some things to remember when starting a new job.
Arriving at the new job
When arriving on your first day, it is important to come over as keen and confident but not arrogant and know it all. I have done this job for 2 years in a previous company so I had no worries about being able to carry out the day-to-day work.
Make sure you dress appropriately for the style of the office and if you are unsure, air on the side of caution. For this job, I wore a dress with a knee length pencil skirt style. Better safe than sorry. I now know that it is very chilled and I don’t have to wear strict work wear if I don’t want to, but it is fun sometimes.
If you don’t know the commute time, always give yourself heaps of time to get to the workplace. It is always better to be early and wait to start than to be late. It sets your image at the work as punctual and professional. I picked up a coffee and croissant on my way into the office because I would have been 15mins early on my first day (now I know I can relax a little on my walk up).
Something I have had to learn the hard way over and over again, your colleagues are just that, colleagues. A bit of banter and chat makes for a great working environment but be careful not to make friends with them too easily. It has backfired for me a fair number of times. On your first day, being friendly and fun can help your colleagues relax around you. Remember, it can be quite uncomfortable for them as well. We all get used to the people we work with and it can put a spanner in the works when someone joins the company and you aren’t sure if they will fit with the dynamic of the team.
I have been extremely fortunate to have made friends with the wonderful Chloe who I have spoken about multiple times. She and I started out as colleagues and ended up making friends during the lockdowns. It took time and we were both cautious to start off with, it just developed into an amazing friendship and has strengthened even more since I left the company and she went on maternity leave.
A keenness to learn is a big positive when starting a new job. It will show the bosses you want to be there and want to do things just the way they like. There wasn’t much I don’t already know for my new employers to teach me, other than the actual operating system and processes. But it is ok not to know!!! The employers obviously saw something in you they could work with which is why they hired you, so don’t stress about not knowing everything needed for the job.
If you are ever offered any kind of additional training throughout your employment, always say yes. You can never learn too much. The more you learn, the better you become. And remember, there are no stupid questions and a question doesn’t have a limit to the number of times you can ask. This shows the willingness to get it right instead of trying to do it on your own and getting it wrong, then someone has to fix it. I believe in a ask ask ask policy.
Do you have any additional tips for starting a new job?? Have these tips been helpful to you for future job changes??
I thoroughly enjoyed my first day at my new job and hopefully it will continue to be a great work environment.
Until next time…
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