10 Tips on How to Start your New Job on the Right Note

Here’s a checklist so you don’t forget anything important whilst starting a new job!


1. Lay Out Your Outfit
By preparing from the night before you’ll avoid the hassle of waking up in a rush and trying to get ready in a certain period of time. If the office vibe is more casual than formal, it would be better to tone it down a bit rather than show up in a full suit. By doing so you will feel more comfortable as you won’t stick out. Dress to impress but don’t over do it.


2. Set Your Alarm and Plan Your Commute
The most important thing is to be on time. Especially on your first day – you don’t want to start on a bad note. Plan your commute so you can arrive at the very least 10 minutes earlier than you should. It is better to arrive 10 minutes earlier than 10 minutes late.


3. Figure Out Your Breakfast Situation
Preparing a good breakfast will determine how you feel the first half of your day – so start off your day by having a good hearty breakfast to keep you energized.


4. Collect All Your Necessities
Incase HR has not sent you a list of things to bring in; prepare the necessities. It is always a good idea to carry a Photo ID with you/some sort of identification, a copy of your agreement in case you have any questions.


5. Pack Your Bag
have a work bag separate than your daily bag with essentials you would need. This could include: a phone charger, a notebook, a pen, any toiletries (toiletries offices don’t necessarily provide). You could pack lunch as well so you’re well prepared for your lunch break or a light snack.


6. Do One Last Bit of Stalking
Make sure to look up your fellow coworkers names to know who’s who exactly and what they do. Moreover, be well aware of what the company does exactly to avoid any potential mishaps on your first day. Write down a list of names of the people you’d be interested in becoming friends with and invite them out to coffee one day.


7. Prepare Small Talk Topics
Incase you are nervous or more of a shy person – prepare conversational topics to try to get to know your coworkers a little better. It’ll save you from the typical conversations that people normally have when they first start working, or potential awkward silences.


8. Gather a Couple of Questions or Ideas You May Have
Have a list of potential questions to ask your boss about the company, or prepare a couple of ideas about the possible projects your new job could entail. Doing so will surely leave a good impression on your new bosses.


9. Write Down One Reason You Took This Job
Once you start working it’s easy to lose track of why you chose to take on this role because you might be stressed and tired and not used to the routine. By writing down what made you take this job in the first place, you can remind yourself of it in a couple of weeks or months or years, and that itself will keep you motivated.


10. Get Some Sleep!
Get plenty of rest and try to go to bed at a reasonable hour. You don’t want to start your first day, lethargic and exhausted. Being well rested will keep your energy levels up and help you stay focused.
Last but not least, be yourself. You’re starting a new journey and the best way to do that is by completely being you.

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4 best job interview tips for job seekers

Congratulations, you have successfully mastered the art of CV writing and job applications and now you’re receiving requests for job interviews. Now it’s time to know how to succeed at the interview.

Job interviews can be difficult no matter how many times you have done them. You are constantly meeting new people, you have to stay enthusiastic throughout each interview and you have to sell yourself.

However, there are some ways to make the job interview process easier and less stressful. Devote some time prior to the interview to prepare yourself and you’ll be able to nail the interview.

Tip 1: Do the research

It is very important in the interview to show that you’ve done your research. It shows that you’re enthusiastic and interested in the job. The more research you conduct the more you’ll understand the company, the role, and what is expected of you. This will make you feel a lot more comfortable during the interview and, therefore, more likely to be able to answer the interview questions as well as ask insightful questions.

The best source of company information will probably be their website. However, sometimes the information found on a company website can be limited. In that case you can do a Google search and read news and articles on the company. Another good source of company information is their social media accounts, through which you can better understand the company’s culture. You can also search your network for someone who works there or knows the company and ask them some questions about it.

Tip 2: Review common interview questions


Another key component of success in an interview is practicing answering typical questions. The goal is to try to determine what you’ll be asked and prepare and practice your answers to these questions. You want to keep your answers short, concise and to the point. You don’t want to bore the interviewer to the point that they tune you out. Focus on your accomplishments and relate them to the vacant position. Utilize body language. Maintain eye contact and be mindful of the way you’re sitting.


Tip 3: Arrive on time, relaxed and prepared


Ideally, you need to arrive 15 minutes before the interview. It gives you enough time to get settled and be ready. There is no excuse for being late. Being late because of traffic is not an acceptable excuse. It will make you appear unprofessional and poor at organization and time management. So, take traffic into consideration and leave ahead of time. Finally, before you enter the interview venue put your phone on silent. You may want to avoid consuming caffeine prior to the interview as it tends to accelerate heart rate which could make you appear more nervous.


Tip 4: Ask insightful questions


Usually, at the end of the interview the interviewer will give you a chance to ask questions. Studies show that an interviewer can often tell if a candidate is interested in the position by whether or not they ask questions. Therefore, you must ask a few questions even if the interviewer had answered them during the course of the interview. This shows that you’re curious and very interested in the job. So, prepare a few questions to ask at the end of the interview beforehand and add to them any questions that might arise during the interview.

To summarize, a successful job interview takes research, practice and preparation. The more effort and enthusiasm you put into the job interview the better your chances of being hired.