You have put hours into landing this opportunity. Now you have the job, how do you start on the right foot to live up to the long-term expectations set out for you?

 You have put hours into landing this opportunity. Now you have the job, how do you start on the right foot to live up to the long-term expectations set out for you?


1. Get to know who is who
Beginning a job in a new environment can be daunting. Settling into may take about 3 months – use this time carefully to find out who the go to people are and build relationships with them.


2. Positivity and remembering names
Always project a positive outlook with a smile. It is normal to forget people’s names when meeting so many people in a short space of time. If you are bad with names, ask the person to repeat their name when they introduce themselves if need be and make sure to keep eye contact and use their name in the conversation, this will help commit the name to memory.


3. Do Not Overdo Conversation
If someone asks how your weekend/ evening etc, keep your response short, ie. “Very good thanks and yours?” People may ask to be polite, but they aren’t necessarily interested in more than that. If they want to know more, they will ask.


4. Be aware of how the company does things
When successful in landing a job, mostly you are a culture fit to the company. Yet paying close attention to management style, leadership and behaviour in different situations. This way you will quickly learn where to tread carefully or be expressive etc.


5. Avoid gossip
Never ever get drawn into office gossip. Smile, nod and just listen. Consider it private and do not engage. Bite your tongue and change the subject when appropriate to do so.


6. Keep Your Boss Informed
Gaining the confidence of your bosses and/or colleagues is very important in the first few months. Make a point of asking a couple of questions from time to time. Ensure your phrasing of your questions is a manner that is not criticizing and use initiative to make sure you check that you’ve looked for the answer yourself before asking.


7. Track your own performance
From day one, keep a diary of what you can see you have changed/ improved, this will help you to see the impact you’ve made over time. This also helps you to keep track of your accomplishments/ challenges you’ve handled for future opportunities.