My do’s and don’ts of starting a new job

I joined Volcanic a couple of months ago as a marketing executive - a complete career change for me and I was going into a job where I had little knowledge of the sector. Starting a new job is always daunting. But starting a new job in an industry you are unfamiliar with can be terrifying. Here, I’ll share some of my tips to help combat new job nerves.

Do:

Do plan your departure

Think about how you are going to leave your current job. Make sure you work out your notice period to avoid any confusion over start dates.

Do plan your arrival

Think about the time in between jobs and try to factor in a couple of days off between leaving your job and starting a new one - this will give you time to feel rejuvenated.

Do ask lots of questions

You aren’t expected to know everything when you start a new job. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. When starting a job it’s almost like you have a free pass and no question will be deemed to stupid to ask.

Do listen and learn

Listen carefully to everything you’re told. I found always carrying a notepad is helpful as it allows you to take notes that you can refer back to. Taking notes from the start will help you in the long run - I still now refer back to my notes from my first week to help with current projects.

Do dress to impress

Before you start find out what the office dress code is. This can often vary from company to company and you want to make a good first impression. 

Do check the company's social media policy

With social media being more popular now than ever, with over 2.46 billion users in 2017, it is important that you understand a company's policy to comply with their expectations. They may be far more formal - or more informal - than you might have thought.

Do ask for feedback

Make sure you get feedback, something you should do it every job, not just at the start of a new one. Feedback will show you areas in which you need to improve and will also help you to quantify how you are getting on, as well as setting benchmarks. This leads on to the next tip.

Do set goals

Set goals before you start and once you have started, this gives you something to work towards and also helps you to measure how well you are getting on.

Do build relationships and get involved

Become part of the team through taking the time to get to know your colleagues. This is something that at Volcanic is particularly easy, from the relaxed meeting areas to the table tennis table. Office spaces like these really enable new members of staff to quickly feel at ease and get to know their team.

Do research

Whether you are going into an industry you have never worked in before, like I did, or whether you’re moving within your sector, it is imperative that you do your research. Before starting at Volcanic I spent a lot of time researching both the technology and recruitment industry and this enabled me to have a better knowledge of the company when starting. Doing research helps to make the transition between jobs easier.

Do maintain a positive outlook

Starting a new job can be challenging and at times you can feel very overwhelmed. It is important to keep a positive outlook and remember why you enjoy what you do.

Most importantly BE YOURSELF

Be true to yourself and you will go far. It will help you to be more confident in the decisions you make and to keep your identity.


Don’ts:

Don’t join in with office gossip

Office gossip should be avoided, it can be damaging for people being talked about and it also can give you a bad reputation.

Don’t presume you know everything

You can’t possibly know everything when you start a job and nobody likes a know it all. 


Don’t be late

Good time keeping is essential in everyday life, but even more so in the working world. Being on time will make a good impression. Every office has a different culture and here at Volcanic you don’t need to watch the clock - which makes for a more relaxing working environment. You should check your company’s policies so you know exactly what’s expected.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help and advice

We have all been the new girl/ guy at some point, don’t feel you can’t ask for help. In fact most companies encourage this as they want to make sure you are confident in what you are doing. 


Don’t avoid your boss

Your boss wants you to do well and isn’t there to scare you, remember they hired you for a reason. Try to introduce yourself on your first day and actively have conversations with them. This will help to make a good impression.

Don’t ignore coworkers offers of help


Your coworkers are there to help you, accept this and you will go far.

Don’t turn down an offer for lunch

Try to mingle with your colleagues outside of work, this will help you to get to know them and make for a more enjoyable working atmosphere.

Don’t be unwilling to learn new ways of doing things

You may have done something the same way for years, this does not mean there are not other ways of doing it. Take time to learn your new companies way and you may find that you actually prefer their  way of doing things.

Don’t try to do everything yourself

No one is super human. Don’t take on too much, its better to do 5 jobs properly than do a bad job on 10 jobs. It can be tempting in a new job to try and do everything yourself to prove yourself, but this is not the best way. Find out when starting what is expected of you and this will help you organise and prioritise your tasks.



Luckily for me Volcanic has created a work culture where you are immediately made to feel part of the team and no question is too silly to ask. I was helped to settle in quickly and this is credit to the team at Volcanic. Goals are set early on and this enabled me to set realistic expectations and not try and take on the world. I look forward to continuing to build my career here and for anyone who is scared to take a leap into a new industry, find the right company and you will never look back.


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