Starting your first job is a daunting experience for everyone, with the desire to impress and the fear of making a fool of yourself combining to make it one of scariest things you’ll go through. But it’s something we all come through and if you can shine in these tricky first few weeks and months, you’ll be setting yourself up to really do well in this new role.
Luckily, because everyone was the new guy or girl at some point, there’s lots of advice available to help you prepare for your first job, and we’ve gathered the best of it into this handy guide. It covers everything you need to know, starting off with how to make a good first impression on your new colleagues by having an elevator pitch about yourself ready for them.
You’ll be desperate for the people at your new job to like you, so these tips will ensure that you say enough about yourself to be interesting and not too much that you start to bore them. Another key interaction is at your first team meeting, and the guide has useful information about what you should and shouldn’t do in this situation.
Something you might not have come across before in your life is having to take on board constructive feedback from a boss or other senior colleague, and knowing how to listen without showing any signs of a negative reaction is going to be important in forming a good relationship with your superiors. In your first job that’s even more crucial as almost everyone will be your superior, so you need to impress a lot of people with how well you take on and learn from their feedback.
Where a lot of new employees can struggle is knowing how to ask for help when you get stuck with a task, and this is a situation that can happen a lot as you get used to new systems and processes. The worst thing you can do is sit at your desk or workstation in a state of panic, instead of owning up to the fact that you need help. You’ll earn people’s respect much more quickly by admitting to what you do and don’t know and asking for assistance as soon as you need it. The infographic guide by Budget Direct covers all of these aspects as well as other scary situations like giving your first presentation or having a performance review for the first time. The latter can feel like the end of the world if it goes badly, but like everything in the world of work, you’ll grow accustomed to it, especially if you follow the tips in this guide.
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