Just landed yourself a new job? Congratulations! Your effort applying and interviewing has certainly paid off, however the hard work shouldn’t stop there. Now is the time to ensure you are not only fully prepared for the role, but also that your first few weeks are a success and demonstrate you are the right hire. So what can you do to ensure you onboard yourself successfully? Here are our top tips.
Build relationships before you begin
If you have a break between leaving your new job and starting the next, it might be all too tempting to put your feet up and relax. And while it is important to be well rested and mentally prepared, make the time to create the foundations for strong professional relationships. Write a personal thank you to your interviewer, or hiring manager, and take time to find out what you can about your new line manager and colleagues. It is also advisable to ask if there is anything you can do to prepare – is there any reading you should be doing or research about the care home you will be working in? All this will position you as an individual that is serious about their career and passionate about making a good first impression.
Review your induction schedule
It’s likely that you will have received an induction booklet or handbook prior to your start date, make sure to set plenty of time aside to read them both thoroughly. Pay particular attention to the dress code and give yourself plenty of time to source appropriate items. And if you haven’t been issued with a schedule or policy booklet, requesting one will certainly set a good impression with the employer. And remember, if you have secured your role via a recruitment consultancy, they will also be able to assist you with liaising with your future employer so make use of your contacts there.
The first few weeks
Regardless of how busy you might be in your first few days and weeks, it is vital that you take the time to introduce yourself to your colleagues. Afterall, establishing the grounds for strong professional relationships not only creates a more enjoyable work environment, but it can also help you get to know the structure and culture of the business. While it can be daunting entering a new workplace, don’t be tempted to keep yourself to yourself. And if you struggle in situations like this, why not prepare some small-talk topics to draw on when you are introduced to new people- this can be particularly useful if you are joining a large team.
It is also advisable to schedule some time at the end of your first week to sit down with your line manager to discuss how you are finding the role. This will also offer the chance to get some initial feedback, and discuss anything you are finding challenging or would like more information about.
The end of your first week also offers a great time for you to set yourself a 90 day goal which should include where you want to be and what skills you want to develop and acquire. Once you have this in place, regularly review it to assess how you are progressing. And ensure that you make the time to review your skill sets and discuss opportunities to develop these – whether this is via internal or external training opportunities – with your employer.
Samantha Edmondson, Senior Recruitment Consultant – Nursing division at Clayton Recruitment