To pastures green – how to start effectively in a new job

So you passed the interview and you got that all-important call saying you nabbed the job. It's now important to consider how you are going to make a great first impression. If you turn up on your first day and put everyone off, you may be at risk of failing your probation period, so watch every step.

Right place, right time

When you first arrive, try and absorb everything you can about your new boss. What is their style of working? How do they act at work? What is their philosophy? By knowing how your employer responds to problems, you can prepare and always be one step ahead.

Be sure to network well with your colleagues so that you settle in easily. However, at the same time, know your place. These guys have been there much longer than you, so you don't want to go around calling people your 'mate' or making jokes about the job. Firmly recognise the hierarchy and respect those who are above you, even if you don't rate their personality highly.

A sphere of influence

Over the course of your first week, you will start to see how influential you can be in the workplace. Recognise what your responsibilities are and how far you can extend them. In the first few months of your new job, you are not going to want to know what you can get away with but how much you can show off and shine.

To achieve this, you will need to recognise your main objectives, how much time you need to spend on each task, what expectations there are of you, what kind of feedback you will receive and how your individual job fits within a wider team.

Don't be scared if this new place does things differently to your old job, even if you have stayed in the same field or sector. Respect these practices and never say "well we did this at my old place…". This will only alienate you.

Be my friend

You will naturally want to be friendly with everyone you meet. Figure out your colleagues' interests and identify those who will be able to help you socially, even if it will be a drink after work. Being the new one can be scary, but never hide in the shadows.

This does not mean however that you should ignore the friends that you made at your last job. Make some time for them, as you never know when you may need some valuable contacts, but also give yourself a week between jobs so that you can close everything off with your old employer before starting anew.

Whether it's old or new people in your life, your 'feelers' should always be out so that you are consistently networking. The hospitality employment world is a small one and you would be surprised at who knows who. Use this to your advantage and prosper.

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