So you got the job, but now how do you keep it?

2008-01-16 00:00

So you got the job — well done! Now that the euphoria has worn off, it’s time to get down to serious business.

"Your first day in your new role can be really daunting — you are in a new environment, with people that you do not know, and while you did get the job on your ability, you are still a bit concerned as to whether you are cut out for the position," says Shaun Day, MD of Kelly Industrial, a leading provider of human resources.

Day offers some helpful tips to ensure your first impression on day one is a positive and lasting one.

o Dress conservatively at first: First impressions do last! Instead of trying to make your mark by the clothes you wear, rather leave your personal style to a later date when you are more familiar with the company and how strict their corporate dress code is.

o Adjust your attitude: Fitting in to your new job is important. Try to avoid the gossip clusters and be friendly to all the new faces. Remember, while you may be assessing them, they are doing the same to you.

o Smile: You are more likely to have your new colleagues come over for a friendly chat if you appear friendly.

oMake an effort to remember names: As tough as this might be, you are likely to earn some bonus points as the new person if you remember names and faces.

oArrive early or at least on time: Arriving late on your first day is a big no-no. While you may have been the best candidate, you still have a long way to go before your boss is entirely convinced they made the right hire. Arriving late or leaving early, no matter the reason, shows complete disinterest towards the job.

o Introduce yourself: Remember, you are just as much a stranger to your colleagues as they are to you. As much as you appreciate a friendly face, they will appreciate your effort.

o Show team spirit: Show interest in the new tasks that you have been given and go the extra mile to show that your new employer made the right choice by choosing you over all the other candidates. Most jobs have a three-month performance clause: if you do not prove yourself, you may find yourself without of a job.

o Ask questions: Do not be afraid, you are new on the job, you are expected to ask questions. At the same time, though, listen to what you are being told — it is equally as frustrating for your employer having to go over the same thing 10 times!

o Take time off between jobs: A week or two will help you separate from your previous workplace and focus on your new challenge.

o Do research: Learn all you can about your new employer — their product lines, their philosophies and their corporate culture. Plan the route you’ll take to work and alternate routes. Should there be traffic, you’ll be glad you did — being late on your first day, no matter the excuse, is unacceptable.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/Sport

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.