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A new job: this is how you get a flying start (and avoid a false one)

May 18, 2022

Starting a new job is exciting and fun at the same time. Good preparation is half the job. Before your job interview, you have of course already fully immersed yourself in the vacancy, the company and the culture. But now it's really time: you have to assert yourself as a newcomer in a completely new team. How do you make sure it feels like home in no time? And what should you not do in your first period? We list it for you.

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Hand over your business card

Prepare your first week well: go through your employment contract and read the collective labor agreement, additional employment conditions and personnel guide carefully if you have them. It can contain very useful information. But in the end you make the best impression in the workplace. For example by:

  • to arrive on time and not be the first to go home;
  • especially in the beginning really going to the office, and not just working from home
  • after the introduction round, ask your direct colleagues whether they would also like to show you around the rest of the company, in order to get to know other colleagues and departments at the same time;
  • clearly state what your role is within the company and when you can be reached – so everyone immediately knows what they can expect from you;
  • do your best to get the most out of your induction period: check carefully how this is arranged, be proactive and approach colleagues to ask questions or offer you help;
  • be enthusiastic, but above all stay yourself;
  • treat yourself to some time or have a filled candy jar, everyone likes that! Keep in mind any diets.

Getting acquainted with the job

During your first days you have to process a lot of new information. Our advice: take notes. Not only does this come across as interested, but it's also very helpful for reading back at your leisure later. Also ask if there are internal documents or manuals for a uniform working method. Ring the bell in time if there is too much or too little work coming your way during your training period. This time is meant to get to know each other. It would be a shame if your new employer and colleagues do not get a good picture of you – especially if this has consequences for your contract.

But also watch out for the don'ts

Above you can read what it is best to do in your first period. But to make a good impression, there are also a few important don'ts that you better leave out. Think of only getting coffee for yourself, pretending you already know everything and asking too many questions. In addition, it is important to show yourself when you are just starting out – even if that is not entirely in your nature. So don't sit quietly behind your computer, but contact colleagues. Also, don't go home at the end of the day without saying something.

Want to know more?

Hopefully, with these tips you will have a successful period in your new job. Do you still run into problems, do you have questions about your new employment contract or about your new work situation? Please feel free to contact us. Our Service Center is available every working day from 8.00 am to 18.00 pm via and 0345 851 963.

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