Starting a new job can be a daunting prospect, and it is completely normal to feel on-edge leading up to your first day – especially if this is your first job, or you’ve spent a long time in a previous role. The prospect of proving that you are as good at what you do in real life as you are on paper might seem unnerving, but there are some simple things you can do to make a positive impact that sticks early.
Here are our five top tips to help you learn how to make an impact in your new job this year.
Throw yourself into the role
It’s always easier to blend into the background and get on with your work quietly, but that won’t get you noticed and or showcase the skills that got you the job in the first place. Your new employer will be expecting you to make an impact, and the best way to do that is to be confident and proactive and show enthusiasm right from the start.
The best way to quickly get up to speed with your new role is to simply ask for new information, rather than suffering in silence. It may be useful to think about and prioritise what you want to know, and take notes that you can come back to later. This will help show that you are willing to learn and interested in developing as an employee.
Take time to get to know the company
Before your job interview you should have done some fairly extensive research on the company, but there will still be lots of things you haven’t learnt yet. Take time over the first few weeks to get to know the working culture and how things are done. Identifying what is different to your last job will help you figure out what you need to do to adapt, and how easy or difficult it is going to be.
Network with everybody
Working on your relationships with your colleagues will not only help you to settle in quicker, but also make sure your name is known across the company for the right reasons. It is also beneficial to network with people outside your company – those in similar roles and those working for competitors – through LinkedIn. Having connections is always beneficial.
Be prepared to go the extra mile
If you really want to progress and work your way up to positions with more responsibility, find out what development and training opportunities your new employer offers or do some research in your spare time. Taking initiative to complete tasks and doing more than what is required will get you noticed, and people are more likely to trust what you have to say.
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