A recruiter's advice on coping with the stresses of a new job
Your first day is great, nice people, new offices. Day two: learning new systems, company policies and finding your place. Suddenly reality dawns. Here's advice on starting a new job:
Here are my top tips for coping with the stresses of a new role.
- They say it takes six months before you really get to grips with any job so no matter how much you think you are flaying during this time, know that the air becomes much clearer after this point.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions! It may seem annoying but the more knowledge that is imparted on to you the better positioned you are.
- Try to buddy up with someone. Having one-go-to person is much easier than asking a number of different people lots of questions.
- Be friendly and nice - I know it sound cliché but you put in what you get back. If people like you they are much more likely to give their time to you.
- Use company manuals if they are given to you. These manuals normally have valuable systems information which will help you familiarise yourself faster.
- Take notes! Writing things down will help you memorise them and will be a reference point for you going forward.
- Have regular check-ins with your line manager - this will help monitor your progress and can help iron out any issues.
- Be confident! You were successful in getting this role for a reason! Have the confidence in yourself and know that you can do the job.
- And finally be patient! You need to be able to walk before you can run, it will take time and you will get the hang of it.