Top tips for starting a new job

This time of year is a common time for people to be moving to a new job.

The beginning of the year inspires many of us to seek out a change in our job situation, and so many successful job hunters are now preparing to dive in to their new role.

According to a survey carried out by Jobsite.co.uk, January is the time most people begin searching for a new job.

A poll of 1,500 Brits revealed 42 per cent started job hunting in January, and another 13 per cent began after receiving their first pay cheque of the year.

If you are one of these people and you’ve now landed yourself a new role, our advice on leaving your old job and beginning at your new place of work in the best way possible is perfect for you!

You’ve survived the seemingly endless CV-updating process, writing a cover letter and the dreaded interview, so you could say the hardest bit is over.

But you should take this opportunity to make sure you leave a good lasting impression while you work your notice and feel fully prepared to make a good first impression on your new colleagues.

Here’s our advice:

See out your notice period

You’ve handed in your notice, and whether it’s two weeks or a month you’ve got to see out before starting at your new place of work, it’s important that you work until your last day.

Working a week and then just failing to turn up for the rest of your notice is a sure way to annoy your managers, and who knows, you might need them in future for references or advice, or even if you need to return to the company for any reason in future.

Other than bagging an extra long break before your new job starts, the only thing you’re doing for yourself is running the risk of making a seriously bad name for yourself, particularly if your new job is in the same industry or region as the last. Gossip spreads fast, especially gossip about employees who decide to take a new job as an opportunity to skive!

Keep working hard

Just because you’re leaving in a month, doesn’t mean you can slam on the brakes of productivity. You’re still very much employed and therefore you’re expected to carry out your work to the same standard as before.

Of course, when you’re excited about starting somewhere new, it’s easy to feel distracted. It’s also easy to fall into the trap of thinking that what you’re working on doesn’t matter any more because you’re leaving soon, so there’s no point burning yourself out over it.

Hold your tongue

That guy in the office who had annoying habits that made you want to scream? You might think this is the perfect time to let all that built-up frustration out, but it’s not.

Sure, you’re leaving, but that’s not an opportunity to point the finger and run your mouth at every last annoying thing you ever put up with during your time there.

Aside from the slight satisfaction you might feel at getting all those irritating things off your chest, the only thing you’ll do is hurt people’s feelings and leave an air of resentment that might just have your colleagues wishing you’d leave sooner. You don’t want to be remembered as the person who hated everyone do you!

Don’t let your emotions get in the way of your decision

You’ve gone to the lengths of applying for jobs, filling in application forms, writing cover letters and taking time off to attend interviews.

So why, after all that, would you decide to change your mind and go back to what you are preparing to leave?

When your days left at your current place of work are numbered, it can be easy to put on rose-tinted glasses and observe that your job is actually quite perfect. You might find yourself wondering why you wanted to leave in the first place.

But the truth is that the limited time you have left at your company is probably making you think things are better than they ever were.

Make a list of reasons why you wanted to apply for other jobs in the first place and remind yourself of the reasons why it will be a positive change. You don’t need to slate your current place of work: It might just be that you needed a bigger salary or somewhere closer to home.

So whenever you get those feelings of regret that you’re leaving, you can take a look at your list and remember the rational decisions that went into your job move.

Get organised in preparation for starting your new job

Whether it’s the duration of your new commute, what you’ll need to be equipped with to do your job well, or some extra background knowledge you need, it’s worthwhile getting all this stuff sorted a good few days before you begin at your new place of work.

Nothing is going to set you up worse for your first day than discovering your journey takes 10 minutes longer than you thought it would, leading you to feel distressed (and maybe even late) when you first walk into the office.

You need to be well-prepared and, if anything, a little earlier for your first day so that you can relax, get to know your surroundings and be ready to absorb all the information you'll be given on the first day.

Taking a notepad and a pen is always a wise idea for the first day. There is definitely going to be a lot to take in, and having somewhere to jot down the odd note will really help you remember what to do.

We’re sure you will have done plenty of background research into the company in preparation for your interviews, but it is always wise to try and dig a little deeper into the work you are going to be doing. Looking for recent news about the company will give you lots of information about what they do and how they get involved locally, which in turn can give you some good conversation starters and help you get some ideas for future projects at the company.

What advice do you have for people who are preparing to jump into new jobs? Share them with us!

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