Congratulations on your new recruitment role! You’ve smashed the interview and accepted the offer. Now you just need to get through the first month of your new job!
Implementing the following ideas into a plan will pay dividends not just for the first month, but for many to come.
New Job: New Habit
Getting on the scoreboard quickly and smashing billings will ensure you are successful in your new role. But a new job also presents the opportunity for new habits.
It’s useful to start your new job with some new rules for yourself. The habits of highly successful individuals allow them to consistently achieve success.
Take Serena Williams for example. She and her sister, Venus, got up at 6 am every day to play tennis before going to school. Good habits take discipline and hard work every day to keep them, but they will help you achieve success too.
So worth doing, yes?
Prepare in Advance
Before you begin the new role, familiarise yourself with the recruitment company you’re going to be working for. Find out as much as you can about them, their employees (and your new manager), their ethos, their competition, and how you can make the most significant impact.
It’s also a good idea to plan your route to your new office. Especially if it’s in an unfamiliar area. What’s the best way? How long will it take? If you can, do a ‘practise run’ but don’t forget, rush hour will inevitably add time to your journey. Which leads me to the next point…
Be on Time
Turning up on time is a sign of respect and professionalism. Yes, we all occasionally get stuck in traffic or on the Tube; it can’t be helped. But you should discipline yourself to be on time every day. It will be noticed and appreciated.
Similarly, don’t be the first one out of the door with your coat and bag at the end of the working day. Even if you spend a few minutes tidying your desk or making notes for the morning, you can guarantee it will be noticed and appreciated.
You don’t have to slavishly stay behind and work late every evening; just don’t flee the building as if you can’t get away fast enough – that will give the impression you’re not interested in the job.
Only one in ten British workers now wears a suit to the office. But even in more casual clothes, you can still look smart and presentable, and you will feel more professional.
It’s true that office culture in terms of what you can wear varies from agency to agency. The best way to gauge your place of work is to see what other employees are wearing and mirror them.
If you work in financial recruitment you may need to dress smartly; you want to be taken seriously after all. But if you work for a general recruiter, you can probably go for something a bit more informal.
Trust is an essential component of successful relationships in the recruitment business. You can capitalise on this by dressing to accentuate your personal brand, portraying yourself as knowledgeable and capable, so your clients and candidates will respect you as a professional recruiter.
Even if your office culture is very laid back and you spend most of the day in jeans and a t-shirt, it’s a good idea to ensure that you always have a smart outfit and shoes to hand in case you need to attend a meeting at short notice.
Ask for Help
Many people see a request for assistance as a sign of weakness, but really, it’s the polar opposite. Its shows self-assurance and confidence; that you know when you need to get help.
Additionally, your new colleagues and boss won’t expect you to know every last thing about the company or the job. So, don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. You may want to clarify a process or confirm how to complete a task.
If you are unsure, it’s better to ask for help than get it wrong. The same goes for making assumptions.
It’s dangerous to assume that just because things were done in a certain way in your last job, it’s the same in the new one.
Don’t be tempted to try to navigate your way around a new concept or system. Not only can it result in wasted time, but it could also make you look foolish (for making the assumption) or incompetent (at worst).
If in doubt – get clear guidelines.
It’s a fact that many bosses aren’t great at giving feedback. “You’re doing a great job!” isn’t very helpful. How is it a good job? What exactly are you getting right?
Don’t be afraid to ask for more in-depth feedback so you can grow in your job.
It’s also beneficial to feedback to your boss about how you think you are doing over the first few weeks. Maybe there are areas you may need to work on, such as new lead development, or maybe you feel you would benefit from training in how to get referrals from more candidates.
This will show you are interested in what you’re doing and want to get it right.
Similarly, asking questions of your colleagues shows an interest in their roles and how the company operates as a whole. It implies you are keen to learn and become involved, and willing to play your part in enabling the team to achieve its goals.
Don’t be a Loner
Join in. You want to be part of the recruitment team, not just the ‘newbie’.
You could ask colleagues to join you for coffee or lunch, providing you with the opportunity to ask them about themselves (everyone likes to talk about themselves!) and finding you have mutual interests can spark friendships.
At the very least, it’s an opportunity to learn about their job, and what they do, so you can offer assistance if required and show yourself as a valuable team player.
Set your goals
Plan your attack strategy for the first month – focus on what you want to achieve in that time. Then break it down into daily and weekly chunks or ‘to do’s, to make it manageable. Keep a record of what you’ve achieved, such as conversations you’re having with old clients, or new leads you’ve discovered.
Celebrate milestones along the way and give yourself the morale boost of knowing you can achieve the success you are looking for in your new recruitment role.
Until next time