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  • Writer's pictureIlan Sebban

Tips to Get Ready Before Starting a New Job

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Starting a new job, in a new company, is certainly a thrilling experience filled with a myriad of emotions. Opening up a new chapter in your career, it is natural to feel a mix of excitement, anticipation, and maybe a touch of nervousness too. Amidst these swirling emotions, take a moment to acknowledge the accomplishment of securing this position first. You made it to this point and it is no coincidence nor luck. It is rather your determination, and the impressive blend of attitude, soft skills, and experience that caught the eye of your future employer.

Now, as you prepare to step into your new role, it's essential to channel these emotions into positive energy and proactive steps to set yourself up for success. Here are your essential tips to help you ace ths transition smoothly and confidently:

1. Before your Start Date

You have just resigned (or about to) and looking forward to seeing how things will be pratically speaking in the new company.

Do Some Research - Dive deeper into the company's culture, values, and mission.

Look up online Company's posts (LinkedIn), blogs and news but also your future colleagues posts & comments related to the company. That will give you a solid, ginuine flavour on what to expect working for them.

Plan Ahead -  Anticipate your daily commute and plan accordingly to ensure a smooth transition from home to office. Choose attire that aligns with the company's dress code while allowing your personality to shine through.

Have a 30-60-90 day plan - It doesn't need to be overly detailed and elaborated at this stage, as it will most likely require fine-tuning once things get real, however this mental exercise will help you gather the resources, skills and knowledge to reach your goals.

Reach out to your Manager - Whether you may have additional questions, hungry for tips to be successful in an unknown environment, or anything else really, proactively reaching out will help you build and strenghten your rapport with them and show some extra dedication while reaffirming your motivation and willingness to succeed.

2. On Your First Day

Be sure to get plenty of rest the night/weekend before and to prepare your work essentials.

This is your chance to shine and leave a good 1st impression that will last! Be punctual and make sure to come across with both a positive attitude and mindset.

Introduce yourself to others - When possible introduce yourself face to face, saying something like: "Hey I'm Mandy, the new Business Analyst. I'll be working with [Your Manager's Name], in the XXX Dpmt/Division/BU. Nice to meet you!" .

If remote don't hesitate to email/message your new team members. Oh and also comment/reply to the introductory email your manager will likely be sending to your team.

Have a few 10/20sec short spiel ready (for your chatty/ extra curious colleagues)!

Don't be afraid to ask questions - Grey areas and uncertainties are amongst the top reasons for a new employee to leave their company within the first month. Ask to clarify when instructions are too vague and make sure your responsibilities are aligned with your manager's expectations

Find a buddy - Someone who's been around long enough to answer your questions, give you tips and have social interactions with will smoothen your onboarding and speed up your integration to the team.

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Once you start to settle in in your new role, ask for regular feedback from your manager.

Remember that Communication is ALWAYS key and you should be able to discuss any topic you feel like is rather a constraint to your onboarding, or on the contrary highlight the things you like about your new environment.

For more sensitive discussions, or if you are unsure whether you should take it to your manager, reach out to your HR Manager or your dedicated recruiter.

Best of luck on this exciting new chapter in your career, and do get in touch with me if I can be of any help -


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