Making your job work for you

So, you survived the job hunting and have landed yourself a job. Now what? Starting a new job, especially your first, can be a nerve-racking time. Will you be up to the challenge? Will you like your colleagues? Will they like you?

Getting the job may be a challenge, but the hard work is far from over once you have signed the contract. Most companies will have a trial period during which you will have the chance to check out if this job is for you but, more importantly, your employer and colleagues have the chance to find out whether you are right for the job.

Here are some tips to make sure you will be keeping the job and get noticed:

  • Be on time in the mornings and after breaks.
  • Don’t be a clock-watcher. Make sure your work is finished before heading out the door.
  • Be well presented, show good manners and keep your workplace clean and tidy.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You’re new to the job so it’s only natural you may need assistance or information.
  • Admit your mistakes and learn from them.
  • Have confidence in your own abilities and strive to improve yourself at every opportunity.
  • Be loyal to your employer and make sure you represent the business or organisation to the best of your ability.
  • Look like you are enjoying your job and take an interest in your colleagues.

Workplaces have their own culture the way things are done. It will take a little time to tune in to that, but there are some universal rules:

  • Observe common courtesies. Address supervisors with respect, and wait until you are asked before addressing people by their first name. Greet people when you enter a room and say goodbye when leaving. Stand when you are introduced to somebody.
  • Respect privacy. Don’t look through somebody’s desk and avoid listening in on people’s conversations.
  • Watch your language.

Also, remember, it takes some time to get settled in a job, so don’t give up too soon if you think things aren’t working out. The first few weeks might be awkward because you are feeling out of your depth but give yourself some time to settle in. Talk to your boss, your family and your friends if you are concerned about certain aspects of the job. It may be something that can be solved easily.

If, however, you find that the job isn’t for you it may be time to look for something else. It is easier to find a job when you are employed, so start looking but maybe wait to hand in your resignation until you have a new job or a plan on what you want to do next.

It may be good to get some help trying to determine where you would like your life and career to take you. Check out the information on goal setting and life coaching for help to reach your career ambitions.

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