Starting a New Job
First of all – Congratulations!
You have landed the role and will be soon starting a new job. Starting a new role is very exciting but can also be a daunting experience. Below are some simple, practical ideas you can use right away to build career happiness!
Does my bottom look big in this?
When starting a new job, consideration should be given to what you wear. If in doubt, stay on the conservative side! You will meet lots of people on the first day, so it makes sense to look your best. You may find that you can relax your outfit slightly as you get to know your new office culture. Initially setting a high standard of grooming and appearance sets you up for potential promotions in the future.
What time zone are you in?
You’re still on probation and you have yet to win the employer’s trust, make sure you make a positive first impression by arriving 10 minutes early. Plan your journey to work. Take into account peak hour traffic, parking facilities and how far you may have to walk to the office. Have change ready for parking stations. Organise your bus /train route or if driving your car, have it filled and ready to go.
Use your words
One of the most difficult things when starting a new job is the level of information that will be thrown at you, ensure you stay focused. Ask questions! Be sure you’re actively listening to the answers and ask to follow up questions so you avoid miscommunication. Take your notepad and pen everywhere with you…and use them!
You are such a Tweet!
Gone are the days when a tweet was just the sound a bird made. Sites like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn allow employers to get a glimpse of who you are outside the confines of a cover letter, resume or interview. More employers are finding reasons not to hire candidates because of their social media presence, even ruling out candidates due to finding concerning content online. How much time you spend on social media could also give employers a reason to worry, assuming the habit could distract you from actually working.
Keep your profile as positive as possible.
Facebook is not your best friend; don’t use it to vent complaints about your friends, employers, co-workers, or even the clumsy barista.
Keep it classy -whether you’re looking for a job or just looking to keep the one you have, it’s important to remember that what you write matters.
Think before your selfie!
While your friends or followers may be interested in seeing you in compromising situations …. your employer does not.
Keep it to yourself.
Posting confidential information on social media is almost as bad as talking to the media. Watch what you post…it’s not just the usual hot-button topics that you have to worry about. Even something that you don’t automatically view as controversial, can affect someone’s perception of you. And when that person has the potential to reprimand or even terminate your employment, you don’t want to come off as offensive to them.
Using Social Media at Work
Do not use your personal social media accounts in the workplace…just don’t. There is nothing private about social media. Even outside of work, what employees say on their not so private profiles can impact their employer.
When you’re not careful, social media can easily derail your career. However, on the other hand, it can also make your career. You need to operate strategically, tighten up those security settings, put on your positive attitude and make the most of the tools available to you.
Oh yes! Just one more little tip…
Don’t bring a tuna sandwich or egg salad the first week. Don’t ask why. Just don’t.