Helping you thrive: 8 Tips to Impress in a New Role

Lena Burnett, Octopus Personnel Recruitment Consultant, explains how to impress in those first few weeks of your new role.

Congratulations! You’ve got the job! But what do you do now? Octopus Personnel is able to offer ongoing support and professional development advice, along with career tips, as you settle into your new role to help you thrive as a successful professional. Follow our top tips below to ensure you impress in those first few weeks!

Get the basics in place

Starting a new job can feel daunting for anyone.  You are keen to impress your new colleagues, but before you even cross the threshold, you have some challenges to face.  Make sure you know how you are getting to work, where you are going to park your car (if driving), which bus you should take etc.  You will need to do a dummy run to make sure you are on time for your first day.  Don’t risk being late!

Your consultant from the Octopus Office will brief you on the appropriate clothes to wear, health and safety rules to follow, safety equipment needed (a range of which is kept in the office) and top tips on impressing this PARTICULAR employer.

Take notes

Once you are safely at work, you now have the pressure of being assessed, the problem of learning everyone’s names and negotiating a maze of rooms which all look the same. Take a notepad to help you. Ask if there is a map and mark on it all the places you need to go to. Your initial meeting with your line manager should cover the rules of the workplace. Don’t forget to ask where the toilets are!

Write down any login details and computer processes you need to follow. This is especially important today when many industries use a range of computer programs. The best part of taking notes is that you can do this to help you with any part of the job—even remembering your colleague’s names.

By noting everything down, you’ll impress your colleagues and boss with how prepared you are to take in new information. Better still, you won’t endure that awkward conversation in which you ask a colleague the same question for the fifth time — not a great scenario!

Ask for a demonstration

When starting a new job, you’ll have plenty of new duties to pick up. Make notes when you are observing a demonstration and ask the demonstrator to observe you completing the task – that way you will quickly receive feedback and get into the swing of things.

Listen to your colleagues

Your new colleagues will be invaluable at helping you settle in – so listen carefully when they speak! Demonstrate to your new employer that you can take note of what you’re told and act accordingly. This will display how keen you are to learn your duties in the role.

Be sociable

Be sociable with your colleagues and bond with them. If you come across anyone you haven’t met yet, show your personable side and introduce yourself when you get a moment. Attend any social events at your new job and helping with other colleagues’ work is another way to be sociable and show off your teamwork skills.

Mirror your colleagues

Mirroring your colleagues, copying how they conduct themselves at work, is a great way to quickly ensure your fit within the team ethos. By acknowledging how your colleagues behave and following this in your new role, you’ll impress with how you can adhere to the way the company works and its culture. However, don’t get caught up in any poor behaviour, complaining or slacking off. This won’t impress your new boss.

Connect with your boss

Building a foundation with your boss is one of the strongest methods for impressing at a new job. In doing this, you’ll form a better working relationship to ensure you excel at the company in the long run. If you are ill, have a family emergency, or are just really enjoying the job, keep your line manager (and your Octopus Personnel consultant) in the loop. Many companies are incredibly supportive, but they can’t help you if they don’t know what is going on. NEVER just don’t turn up to work, otherwise your job may not be there when you do!

Schedule a catch-up each week. By making an effort to touch base with your boss, you’ll impress with your enthusiasm for the job. You’ll also go further to show why the company made the right call in recruiting you.

Stay punctual

You should ALWAYS stay punctual as it demonstrates your work ethic and professionalism. Ideally, you should be at your workplace and ready to go ten minutes before your shift starts. Make sure you leave early enough to allow time for delays, too.

Above all, stay in contact with your Octopus Personnel Consultant. Not only can we advise you on the best course of action in any tricky situation, we can help you get the most from your new employment. Good Luck! Years of industry expertise and outstanding relationships with our clients, and grasp of the needs of their business, means we are perfectly positioned within the market to guide you to your new role. You can sign up here and call the office on 01747 825568 to arrange an interview. Good luck!

Alice Weeks

About the author

I specialise in temporary recruitment and I’m always planning ahead, but manage to fill those last minute gaps! I really enjoy the buzz of the Octopus Office and no two days are the same. For me, it’s really important to get to know my candidates so I can support them on assignments and get the best from them.

I love baking so working in the Octopus Office with a monthly bake-off is a dream come true. I am a great listener and I know the power of a well-timed cup of tea and a biscuit!