5 Suggestions On How To Get Off To A Great Start In Your New Job

Emma Hamilton is on the RBS Apprenticeship Programme. She is a full-time, permanent member of staff and will receive a professional qualification at the end of it. We asked Emma what sort of advice she'd give someone who was starting a new job. Here are her five helpful tips:

1. Be yourself

There is no set way to act in a business environment. No two people are the same; we each have our strengths and our weaknesses which together creates a diverse team. Focus on what you have to offer and be proud. Remember that you were employed for who you are and what you have to offer.

2. Speak up

Starting your new job can be tough, especially if workplace jargon is used. Don’t be afraid to ask for an explanation of a word, for them to expand on something if it’s not clear or to say if they’re going too quickly. At the end of the day this is the only way that you will learn and understand the job that are you are doing.

3. Show your personality and sense of humour

There is a job to be done and a professional attitude to be had but that is not to say that you cannot enjoy being at work! If you look forward to it then you’re going to perform better. Fact!

4. No need for over-confidence

I believe I'm a confident person but I sometimes struggle to get it across when I’m out of my comfort zone.

It is often assumed that the loud, confident individuals are going to do better than you, but as long as you show eagerness and ability to do the job then you’ll be great. Confidence will come with experience. Aim high and show a willingness to learn, but don’t let it get to your head!

5. The obvious

The last thing that you want to do is to be late, take days off for minor reasons or cause disturbances in the workplace. Remember that there are plenty of other candidates out there that would be willing to give their all in your job.

By Dan Bond
Posted on 12 May 2014
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