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Job and career choices can be one of the scariest decisions to make in life. Starting a new job, especially if it’s you first job can be nerve wracking. Therefore, Mooreskills have put together a list of all the things you need to know to hit the ground running. Making that first week a little less daunting.

  1. Do your homework

After interviewed and accepting a job offer,  you will undoubtedly have a good idea of what your new role does. Nonetheless, taking some extra time before you start to research the company. Having a look at some LinkedIn profiles of colleagues and getting some background knowledge will really help you familiarise yourself with the business.

  1. Balance

Now you’ve started your new role, you may be keen to show your commitment to the job. Going above and beyond for your colleagues is a great way to gain recognition and respect. However, be careful you don’t burn yourself out. Keeping a consistent work life balance is essential to avoid stress and remain focused.

  1. If in doubt, ask questions

If you don’t understand something, or you need to clarify how things are done, don’t be afraid to ask. Your boss won’t expect you to know everything immediately. For that reason it shows commitment to getting the job done right.

  1. Fix up, look smart

The way you present yourself to your new employer is part of the initial impression you make. Ensuring you look the part and are tidy, clean and smart will go a long way in making you feel confident. Furthermore, portraying a good image to your colleagues. Whether its suited and booted or quirky smart depending on the industry you’re in always look your best.

  1. Set alarms, lots of alarms

Punctuality and time management are important for all employees. And if you’re not already a master time keeper it’s good to set multiple alarms. Not just for when you wake up but also for when you should be leaving the house, what time your train should be arriving, and when your journey should end. This will initially help you get into a routine until its embedded into your day.

  1. Keep it professional

The urge to get involved in workplace banter may seem like a good idea to fit in. However, remember you’re a newbie and you don’t want to offend people before you’ve even passed your probation. Keep your conversations polite and the personal to a minimum. At least until you’ve spent a couple of happy hours with your colleagues to get to know their personalities.

  1. Adapt and survive

If this is your first job ever. Or a new challenge keep your expectations low in the first month. Stanislavsky said ‘There are no small parts, only small actors’ the same is true for the work force. So if you’re set a task you think is basic remember every task contributes and being flexible will help you to learn the overall business and all the work it takes to accomplish.

  1. Positivity is key

Smile. Be polite and enthusiastic. You’ll be introduced to your colleagues and when you are, try to identify the gremlins – you know the real negative grumpy colleagues. If you associate yourself with positive people, you’ll be more motivated.

  1. Keep an eye on the boss

You can learn a lot from Senior members of staff. Observing colleagues will help you pick up skills on the go and give you a good basis to develop from.

  1. Organise yourself

Finally, keep yourself organised. Getting a project planner or daily diary for the tasks ahead is an excellent was to keep on top of things. Reviewing the next day’s activities, the night before is also good for keeping on the ball.