After dedicating your all to applying for a new job, succeeding in the interview, and being offered the position, we can understand you may need a minute or two to take in the exciting news! The first few weeks in a new job can be overwhelming, with a lot of information and a set of new challenges. With these tips, you’ll have no problem adjusting to your new job.
1. Be confident
Being the newest member of the workplace can be daunting and struggling with some tasks may leave you feeling like you don’t belong in your new job. As a new employee, try to keep in mind that every new job requires developing and familiarising yourself with new skills. Be confident in your abilities, focus on the things you do well and try to take criticism as positive feedback to better your skills.
2. Ask away
During the first few weeks in your new job, you’ll find yourself being asked a lot of questions by colleagues as it’s a natural instinct to get to know the newbie. Breaking the ice might feel out of your comfort zone, but think of the benefits – by joining in conversations, speaking up, and asking questions, you can leave a long-lasting impression on your work colleagues.
3. Self-care: avoiding tiredness
In the first few weeks of your new job, you can be left feeling exhausted with learning new skills and building a new routine. It can take a toll on your mental and physical health if you don’t develop a healthy work-life balance. So, don’t forget to drink plenty of water, make time for lunch and get enough sleep as you‘ll feel the difference during the day.
4. Information overload
New starters can be given a lot of information to digest, but there is often less time to learn names, job roles and other information about your co-workers. Just take it one step at a time, familiarise yourself daily and eventually all this information will find itself at the forefront of your mind!
Top tip: when trying to remember colleagues’ details, don’t forget to utilise your HR system or view people’s account profiles on your email system.
It’s always exciting starting a new job, especially when it’s a role you really wanted! Take opportunities to learn new skills, enjoy the experiences you have, and think about the bigger picture in terms of how it all adds to your career. Savour the feeling of doing the thing that makes you tick – you have earned this role so you should enjoy it.
6. Busy schedule
A new job means a new workload – and as you adjust to the demands of your role, you might find yourself struggling to prioritise tasks. Get on top of this at the start – organise your tasks in order of importance and don’t be afraid to discuss with your line manager if you are feeling snowed under.
7. Don’t overthink the decision
It’s normal to have some self-doubt before starting a new job. This self-doubt can come from not wanting to let your new employer down or worse, feeling like they might start to have second thoughts on their decision. There’s no need to panic – employers don’t expect you to know the ins and outs of the new job and they know you’re more than capable with your skillset and experience. Plus, most employers provide full training to get you settled in.
8. Be yourself
It’s only natural that you should want to make a good impression on your new colleagues. The best thing to do is be yourself – you are being judged on your quality of work, and not how late you stayed in the office after hours. Putting everything into your new job and learning from your mistakes is key to making a good impression.
Settling into a new job within a new environment can be nerve-wracking. But these issues shouldn’t get in the way of you simply enjoying your new job. With the fun of having new colleagues, challenges and opportunities on the horizon, make sure that you enjoy every minute.
Last updated on 16 December 2022Share this article