starting your new job
congratulations! you have been for that nerve-racking interview and you have now bravely handed in your notice and you are probably feeling excited and nervous all at once about starting your new job.
while you are working your notice, keep in touch with agile talent management or your new company. this will help to provide a feeling of reality, as the average one month's notice is a long time and it can all start to feel like a dream.
when your 'first day' finally arrives, this checklist might help:
- get a good night's sleep the night before.
- choose what you're going to wear the night before and dress smart.
- ensure that your clothes are clean and freshly ironed, your shoes are polished and your hair is tidy. just like at your interview, first impressions do count; you will probably be meeting a lot of your new colleagues for the first time, so feeling confident is very important.
- ensure you arrive a few minutes early. start as you mean to go on. arriving early will also help you to get used to your new environment and may provide the opportunity for some early informal chats with other members of staff.
the first few days are always the hardest. everything is new - new ways of doing things, new people, new technology. allow yourself time to settle in and try not to keep comparing things to your old job!
remember two very important things:
- no question is a daft question if you do not know the answer!
- everyone was once the new person. at your last job you were an expert and you will soon feel the same way again in your new position.
- some companies are expanding and taking on staff so fast that there is an air of organised chaos. if you have joined a busy company you will need to use all of your initiative to settle in.
- you may have to find out where things are by yourself. being thrown in at the deep end should be seen as a compliment and an opportunity to prove yourself. if your company felt you could not cope, they would not have placed you in that position.
- adapt a very flexible attitude from day one and you are sure to do well.
- formal induction - some companies have a structured induction process that usually requires you to take in a lot of information over a short period of time. hang on in there. remember when you first learned how to drive? if you feel you're getting left behind talk it over with the trainer. they would rather see a conscientious, enthusiastic new recruit succeed, even if it takes time!
- informal induction - some companies will train you while you're working. this often means that you will be sitting in the middle of a busy office with lots going on while you're learning. try not to feel too lost. if you find that you're sometimes left sitting like a spare part, try to observe, listen and learn from what is happening around you.
- new large/small company - if you are joining a large company from a small one or a small one from a large one, make sure you give yourself plenty of time to adjust to the culture differences. welcome this change positively and be flexible in your approach. remember, procedures that suit large companies may not work so well in smaller ones, and vice-versa.
what if it all goes wrong?
if after a couple of weeks, you find that you are really not enjoying your new job, consider the following checklist:
- have your expectations of the job been too high and are you feeling disappointment because of the build-up of what you imagined your new wonderful job to be?
- are you bored? then ask for more to do!
- do you feel incompetent in the tasks demanded of you? does this mean you need more training?
- if the travelling has turned out to be worse than you expected, have you explored all of the available routes?
- if the people do not seem friendly - are you trying too hard/too little?
whatever your anxieties are, don't make any rash decisions and don't suffer in silence. if you're worried or concerned about something, talk it over with your new manager, or with the consultants at agile talent management, who are always there to help.
go back to the resource centre for more expert advice!