STARTING A NEW JOB OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT
By Dan Statham, Senior Consultant
The first week at a new job can be daunting. It doesn’t matter whether you are taking your first steps on the career ladder or about to move into fresh role with years of experience behind you, those initial few days will still be a challenge.
Here are our suggestions on how to make the right first impression with your manager, colleagues and team.
Understand what is expected from you:
Refresh yourself on the expectations of your role by having a good read through your job description and jot down any questions that you have. Be clear on the reporting structure within the company and ensure that you know who you need to keep up-to-speed with how certain projects are progressing. Find out what role others in your team, department and throughout the organisation have which may have an impact on what you are trying to deliver and make sure you get to know them and understand the skills that they possess by introducing yourself early on. If you are going to be dealing directly with any clients or suppliers, make sure you familiarise yourself with whom the key individuals are and establish what relationships already exist.
Get to know your new team:
It can take a while to get up to speed on who everybody is; your company may have put in place an induction programme and allocated you some time with key individuals but it’s important that you don’t just rely on others make introductions for you. Sharpen up your networking skills and get to know as many people as possible and ask pertinent questions. Try and not get drawn into any office politics and gossip early on and avoid criticizing your predecessor – they could have been extremely well liked and highly thought of.
If you are taking the role of team leader or manager it’s important that you build respect from the outset. Don’t look to make sweeping changes without first understanding the skills and dynamics that exist within your department and make sure you set aside some time with each person individually to get to know them and the way they work.
Find out as much as you can about your new company:
You will have done plenty of research before your interview but the first few weeks in a job are a great opportunity to really get under the skin of your new company. Read up on the company history, understand its core visions and values, find out what role each department has to play and get to grips with the different processes and procedures. You are bound to be bringing with new ideas and colleagues will no doubt look to you to offer a different perspective; make sure you understand as much as you can about the way the company operates before putting forward any suggested changes.
Who’s the boss?
Building a rapport with your new boss early on is essential. It’s important that they know how you are settling in so schedule some time with them during your first week to discuss how things are going and to raise any questions you might have. Most companies have a performance review or probationary period for new employees – clarify with your manager what you will be expected to achieve during this period and ask to have an informal catch up half way through to make sure you are on the right track.
Find out how your boss wants to be kept up-to-date and diary key dates for meetings or reports early on.
Sharp Consultancy specialises in the recruitment of finance and accountancy professionals. With offices in Leeds, Sheffield, Doncaster and Manchester our highly experienced team of consultants recruit for temporary, interim and permanent roles across the full spectrum of positions throughout Yorkshire and the North West.