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Top Tips For Starting A New Job

5th October 2017

Top Tips For Starting A New Job

Starting a new job can be daunting; the nerves start creeping in, sometimes even days before you start and you will still be feeling those butterflies in your stomach as you walk through that door on your first day.

I started a new job this week, joining the Red Berry team in our Shepton office as the new Social Media Assistant. I have to admit I was nervous from the moment I woke up and all the way through the drive into work, right up to the moment I walked up the stairs and into the office. It was at this point that I relaxed massively – I was greeted by happy, smiling faces and instantly felt at ease. I spent the morning learning all about the company and my role from our MD Helen, before I was let loose on our social media in the afternoon – under the guidance of Social Media and Marketing Manager Natalie!

With the experience of starting a new job fresh in my mind, I thought I would share a few tips on how to make your first day a success.

The first thing to do is to ensure you’ve read up on the company that you are joining and the role you are doing. This is hugely important – check their website, their social media or any news articles you can find! You should find out everything you possibly can about who they are, what they do and what they expect from you. The more you know about the business you are joining, the easier it will be to settle into their culture and become part of the team.

In the run up to your first day, if your stomach is full of butterflies, try to channel them into excitement! Although it can be scary beginning a new role, try to look at the positives. You’ll meet new colleagues who could become friends, you’ll get the chance to learn new skills and experience things you otherwise wouldn’t and – perhaps most importantly – you’ll be improving yourself, both personally and professionally. Seeing the positives in your opportunity will make you excited at the chance to better yourself and will banish any of those pesky nerves!

From the moment you enter the office, factory or wherever your place of work is; make sure you are kind, polite and confident. Introduce yourself to your colleagues in a clear voice and with a smile on your face – first impressions are important. Being open and courteous to your new work buddies will endear you to them. It’s important to build relationships with those around you, so get to know them and let them get to know you!

Finally, make sure you are ready to learn. As I’ve already said, you should always look at the opportunities that are being presented to you in a new role. One of the biggest opportunities is the chance to learn new skills and techniques. Different people learn in different ways, some of you may find it easier to take notes, some of you may have other methods. Have a think about how you best remember information and make sure you’re prepared to do it from the off. Once you’re there, try to be a sponge, taking in as much information as you can. Make sure you ask questions if you don’t understand something or you want to find out more about it. Remember – no one expects you to know everything from the moment you start and people will always be willing to help.

Hopefully these will help you when you next start a new job – and good luck! 😊






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