• Top Tips for your first day in your new job 07 February 2015 | View comments

  • Stirling Careers Consultancy believes that once you have been offered and accepted a new job and all the formalities have been processed and you have agreed a start date it is now time to start preparing for your first day.

    Top Tips before the Day

    • Re-read your job description/person specification
    • Re-read your application form, CV and covering letter
    • Re-read your interview preparation notes and notes that you made after the interview
    • Prepare any documents such as bank details etc.
    • Think about what you will do on your first day
    • Visit the website, social media sites, read any literature the organisation has sent you or you have picked up
    • You may wish to consider meeting with your line manager beforehand for an informal chat to discuss how you can hit the ground running
    • Think about what you are going to wear on your first day as your image is important.  First impressions count!

     

    Top Tips on the Day

    • Arrive Early
    • Come along with your own ideas
    • Take a notebook and ask questions
    • Try to ascertain how the organisational politics work
    • Hopefully, the organisation will have mapped out an induction procedure for you and this will help settle you in to your new role
    • Be tactful, calm and diplomatic

    Many job offers come with a probationary period and this can vary between three months and twelve months.  It is important to understand at the earliest opportunity what your objectives are as your line manager will be looking to see if you can do the job and meet your objectives.  Failure to do so could mean that your probationary period will be extended and you may be asked to undertake further training or you could be dismissed.

    Remember that they have chosen you from a number of applicants as they believe that you can fit in well and make a valuable contribution to the organisation.

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