Maybe, you took our advice on making some career moves this year and you went for it. *wink*
You secured an interview for the job you wanted, killed it and landed yourself the job of your dreams. Or at the very least, a job you like. Either way, congratulations!! For a lot of us, we feel this is the time to relax, go to the office, do what we’re paid to do, go home and collect a paycheck at the end of every month.
Far from it, the work has only just begun, because it’s not just about getting the job, it’s about making sure you get as much as you can out of it and vice versa. So, the million-dollar question is: what next?
Be proactive on the job
Show initiative. Don’t always wait for your boss to tell you what to do at every given turn. However, also don’t run ahead of your team. Always keep them in the loop, so you don’t come across as vying for their job. In other words, think ahead, come up with ideas, different ways to do things that could provide better outcomes and respectfully present your case to them. Let it be known that you’re a thinking staff and not a robot.
Be on time/manage your time well
Being punctual should go without saying but you find that new employees are always punctual or even come in earlier because it’s a new job and they’re trying to make a good first impression. As time passes, they begin to relax a bit here and there and start coming in 10,15, sometimes 30 minutes late.
Getting to your job on time or even earlier is more for your benefit than anyone else’s. It sets the tone for the rest of the day, you feel less rushed and more prepared to take on your day. Manage your time properly, so that you’re not tagged ‘The Latecomer’, this is never a good look. This also applies to your general work ethic. Give yourself ample time to meet your deadlines and even if you have a lot on your plate, prioritize so that your work doesn’t lag. If you need extra time, speak to your boss and then pray that they are understanding.
Go the extra mile
Do more than is required, within the scope of your job or department. We are not saying become an errand boy or girl in the name of going the extra mile. No, but be willing to do a bit more than is officially required of you. E.g. You may work in the marketing department as a social media manager but may be asked to go out with the other marketers sometimes just as a form of support. Don’t say because your job doesn’t require you leaving the office there’s no need for you to go. Go, and don’t just show up, do your own research and try and contribute to the meeting as well.
Don’t just make friends with only your colleagues in your department. Get to know as many people on the job as you can. Good relationships at work are important. People are inclined to help you faster if they like you. And it shouldn’t be one-sided. You don’t have to be best friends with your colleagues but be helpful and approachable. As long as it is not to the detriment of your job. Get involved in bonding activities, don’t just stand on the sidelines, join a team, even if you’re just cheering on your teammates.
Finally, avoid office politics. You may get ahead, it may even get you promoted. But it will leave a bad taste in everyone’s mouth when they think of you. On the other hand, don’t be aloof, be wise, be smart, be aware of the happenings in your office but focus on why you’re there and being the best that you can be.
All the best in your new job!