BUILD YOUR OFFICE CREDIBILITY!
Tips when starting a new job
So you got the job! Of all the candidates that applied, were
interviewed, referenced checked, and put through the wringer- you came out
on top! It’s not time to sit back now- you need to show your new employer
that they have made the right choice!
Here are a few tips to build up your credibility:
- The first few weeks in any job involves a lot of introductions. Ask
for an organisational chart and write down all of the employee’s names
as you meet them. Quickly learning who your co-workers are and what they
do, will make it easier for you to work out how you fit in.
- Focus immediately on familiarising yourself with the basics of your
role. Take down notes! It is better to have too much information, than
asking the same thing repeatedly.
- Sit down and establish with your boss, your roles priorities and
goals for the next three, six and twelve months. Not only will your boss
be impressed, it will confirm discussions at the interview stage in
terms of expectations of you and your performance.
- Ask your boss for recommendations as to what you should be doing in
your role over the first few weeks. This ensures that there is no doubt
or confusion in anyone’s mind, until you get into the flow of everyday
- Make sure you familiarise yourself with your new colleague’s correct
names- pronunciation and spelling, their correct title and how they
prefer to be addressed.
- Try to get a feel for the culture and politics of the organisation-
where the power bases lie, and what the unwritten rules are, eg. Parking
in "someone’s" car spot. Ask amongst other employees as it could avoid
starting off on the wrong foot with somebody.
- Avoid making comparisons between your old and new company. Even if
you feel that your old employer did something better, don’t comment at
this early stage.
Once you have established your position, and the timing is right,
then you can suggest ways for improvement.
- If other colleagues haven’t made the first move, then introduce
yourself to them. Do anything that will establish you as a friendly
person in the company. Not only will it make your time with the
organisation happier; happy, accepted employees are more productive and
So when starting that next perfect role, take the above mentioned
points into consideration and hopefully the transition should be an easy
one, into a long lasting and happy career!
Source: "Getting That Job. How to Establish and Manage
Your Career in the New Millennium" Author; Geoff Morgan & Andrew Banks,
Morgan and Banks, 1999
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