Thursday, 28 August 2014

Advice: Starting a New Job

Yep, the Autumnal vibes have even invaded my advice posts!

It's all change here at HQ! Next week I'm moving on to my second post-graduate job and I couldn't be more excited! I'm moving away from the world of electronics marketing and on to pastures new at an award winning marketing agency on the other side of the city. Now don't get me wrong, I am thrilled to be taking up an opportunity like this and can't wait to get stuck in with some more commercial clients, but with a new position comes a bad case of the newbie nerves!

It's been a year since I started my first post-degree job here in Cambridge and this reminds me that as I move on, so many people who have just graduated themselves are doing this too. With that, I thought I'd share with you all my top tips for starting a new job on the right foot.

Be. On. Time. - I know this goes without saying but please dear god do not be late within those critical first weeks. A new job can be mentally exhausting so make sure you get plenty of early nights and set yourself backup alarms. Better yet, put your alarm clock or phone on the other side of the room so you have no choice but to get up to turn it off.

Don't complain about your old job/situation - If you're leaving an employer because you didn't enjoy the work, company culture or a particular member of staff, it can be hard not to compare this to your exciting new environment. Try to avoid it though, as you may come off two-faced or negative. Instead just throw yourself in wholeheartedly - it's the best way to show them you needed the change.

Learn the company culture - Speaking of company culture, use your first week to get a good idea of how things work in your new offices and make subtle adjustments to show you can go with the flow. If you turn up over (or under) dressed on day one, tone it down slightly the next day. Learn what day the department eats out for lunch and ask your desk neighbour how they like their tea. It will show them you want to fit in and it should help you feel more that way too!

If you need help, ask for it - Even if your new job is similar to your old one, new clients, computer systems and ways of doing things can be really daunting. Nobody will expect you to instantly 'get' everything and they'd probably prefer you to ask rather than plow through alone and make a mistake. Asking questions of those around you can also help you to network and make friends, something that's important both for teamwork and for your well-being in a scary new place!

Above all, enjoy yourself and embrace the challenges that come your way!

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