Experiencing the recruitment process from a different perspective

Are you about to start a new job? Are you getting the new job jitters? I certainly did!

Even though it’s really exciting to be beginning a new phase of my career, I had long since forgotten how nerve racking it can be. I will definitely have a refreshed sense of empathy with job seekers for the foreseeable future and maybe even some new insights into the part of the recruitment process (first few weeks) where the recruitment consultant typically takes much more of a back seat.

To make your initial foray into your new job that little bit easier I’ve put together what I hope to be some useful insights and tips

Get Ready for Your New Position

Plan how you will get to work and what you’re going to wear during the first week of work. Essentially, your work day starts when you get up in the morning!  Take care of items that need to go to the dry cleaner or for alternations, as this will save you from having to take care of those things during your first few weeks when you may be coming home from work physically and emotionally tired.  My advice, map out and plan the route you’ll take to work as well as some alternate routes in case of bad traffic- ( last thing you want is to be late and flustered and too put yourself under pressure) One easy way to help minimise the stress of starting a new position is to do a trial run before you start the job.

Adjust to Your New Environment and First impressions

In some ways, your first day/ week is like a job interview and remember that first impressions do count!. Walk into your new workplace with a positive attitude, and make eye contact with whomever you meet and give a firm handshake- (I always advise people on a good handshake- firm but not too hard- the “wet fish” handshake is awful!). Be polite and friendly to everyone, whether it’s the receptionist; office manager; people on others teams; a  colleague or your new boss and also it’s fine to ask for help/advice. Also, I think it’s important to observe company culture and be wary to not bad mouth colleagues or your Boss and indeed even your old employer- much more important to listen; observe rather than trying to overly impress.

Don’t Stress too much and No such thing a stupid question-Think of your new job as the next exciting step in your career path. Don’t expect to learn everything at once – as Rob said to me last week “Rome was not built in a day! It’s all new to you, and it will take time”. If you feel yourself getting stressed, take a deep breath, collect yourself, and remember that you aren’t expected to get it all at once. There is no such thing as a stupid question when you’re starting a job. Your employer would prefer that you ask. That’s easier than having to fix a mistake. You won’t be expected to know everything, and it’s better to ask for help than to guess.

Be nice and humble– Being nice goes a long way, too. People like nice people, and if you’re nice to everyone you’re going to get ahead. Build relationships at all levels within the organisation regardless of whether the person is at entry level or at an executive level. Similarly, try not to reinvent the organisation or department – you are very much in learning and information gathering mode in those initial weeks. Take the time to listen and learn so that when you begin to put your mark on the brand you can do so whilst speaking their language.

Be flexible. Give yourself some extra time to work at the job when you’re first starting it. Leave room in your schedule to come in early or stay late, if necessary. Spending extra time upfront can help your learning curve and increase your comfort level with your new responsibilities. It’s not a requisite and not a habit to commit yourself too – it’s simply acknowledge the immediate upskill that needs to occur in those first weeks and giving yourself the opportunity to accommodate that without impacting your core job functions.

So best of luck with the new job and don’t be afraid to ask for feedback and don’t be too hard on yourself – listen, have a positive attitude and try to enjoy it!!



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