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.

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