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Creating a great first impression when starting a new job
Congratulations! You’ve landed yourself a new job, taking an exciting next step in your career, but have you considered how you are going to make an impact with your first impression?
We asked our management team to tell us the key points to consider when starting a new job; here’s what they had to say…
Get to know your new company
You will likely have done a certain amount of research about the business during the interview stage. It is now time to delve a bit deeper to help you get a head start.
Stephen Clarke, Permanent Delivery Manager here at First says, “Take a look through social media, press releases and news articles, to get a real feel for what is happening currently in the business.
“Research will give a good insight not only into your new place of work, but into the wider business markets. You will also be ready to impress your new bosses when the information you have learned inevitably comes up in conversation.”
Make the first move with your new team
Building relationships within your team can ensure you start off strong in your new business.
Offer to make your team a brew, get to know each person’s role, and start to build a picture of different personalities and dynamics. If the structure allows for it, and it would benefit your role, be proactive and ask for a quick orientation meeting with key people within the wider business.
Our IT Business Manager, Kevin Riley, advises using the first few days to effectively be an information sponge, taking in every bit of information you can. He said, “Regularly working with clients and candidates in IT, I see the benefits of gathering and managing information, and always advise my candidates not to be afraid to ask questions.”
Nobody is going to pull you up for asking too many questions and it shows that you’re eager to get a greater feel of the business and how they work.
At your interview, take a mental note of how other people dress and adjust your attire to suit. Is it smart casual, business dress or just casual? This will help you to strike the right balance to fit in with the culture of the business.
If you don’t get the opportunity to see the team and how they dress, feel free to call ahead to ask about the dress code. The employers will appreciate this as it shows initiative and professionalism.
Mark Wallace, Business Manager for our Oil & Gas division suggests that you should regularly take notes. “As well as mental notes, take lots of actual notes, especially within the first week.
“This doesn’t necessarily just mean taking notes on how to do different tasks, but also about who people are and what their roles are. If a name is mentioned, ask who that person is and what their role is. It might come in handy going forward, as this may be someone you need to work with. Making note of a person’s name may also save you the embarrassment of forgetting it in a later conversation!”
Get involved in staff events
Head of Marketing, Hannah Richardson, suggests getting involved with the social side of things where possible. “If your business is the kind to hold staff socials, make sure you get involved. Having organised the staff socials here at First Recruitment Group for a number of years now, and I can confidently say that they offer a great opportunity to interact with people that you wouldn’t necessarily interact with otherwise.
“Not only that, but who says business needs to be all work and no play? This kind of perk can be fun and help to make your work environment a much happier place as you get to know people a little better.”
We hope you found these tips useful and we wish you every success in your new job. You’ve got this!
"Their knowledge of the industry, our organisation and candidates is one of the leaders in the market. They have always been able to supply us with the right calibre of engineering candidate no matter what the discipline or regional location is.
"First Recruitment Group’s service delivery has always been to a high standard and the customer service provided by the team has ensured that First Recruitment Group will remain a preferred supplier of engineering personnel to WorleyParsons on our future engineering projects."
"In my dealings with First I have found them to be responsive, knowledgeable, quality-focused and engaging in their approach. I would have no hesitation in recommending the services of First Recruitment Group to any prospective customers."
Global Engineering Consultancy
"We have a good working relationship with First Recruitment and they always put every effort in to filling our positions whether it's on a permanent or contract basis. First have an honest and open approach to recruitment and their clients which is refreshing. First offer an excellent payroll service which compliments their overall delivery service to MWH Treatment."
“As the biggest services supplier to the nuclear industry our demand for personnel is significant, when I have an urgent requirement I know I can rely on First Recruitment to rise to the challenge.
“As a preferred supplier for temporary labour and a fundamental part of our permanent recruitment process we get the right people at the right time. Whether its highly technical/specialist resources or back office support personnel the approach is to the same high standard.”
Veolia Nuclear Solutions
"It’s great to work with a recruitment agency we trust. The team at First Recruitment Group are friendly and straight talking and they continue to provide an excellent service. We’re proud to still be working with them after 20 years."
Simon Carves Engineering Ltd
"First Recruitment are on the 1st Tier of Sweett Europe’s preferred supplier list. We have found First recruitment to be hugely supportive and value adding partners to Sweett, helping us source a wide range of roles. The consultants at First are hugely knowledgeable and have a real desire to listen to, and understand, our needs. They have shown an unrivalled desire to work on hard to fill roles using innovative methods to ensure they always supply us with CVs.
"I have been hugely impressed by their willingness to support us, even when we have simply been after guidance which would not attract them a fee. I would be more than happy to recommend First Recruitment Group to any prospective organisation, and to discuss in more detail their capabilities."
“We’ve worked with First Recruitment for over 12 years and have built up a great relationship with their team. They’ve helped us in sourcing contractors for our chemical division, maintaining consistently high standards in delivery, and we hope to continue building on this relationship in the future. I have no hesitation in recommending First to others.”
Haden Freeman Limited
"We have used First Recruitment to support the recruitment of several key roles within our business. The quality of the candidates put forward were extremely high which helped enormously in our ability to fill all roles, also the candidates have all been a success since joining our business. They were prompt, knowledgeable and very professional and made the recruitment process for us extremely simple. The service we have received has been first class and I would highly recommend the services of First Recruitment to any Company looking to fill a vacancy."
Meadow Vale Food Group
“I have worked with First Recruitment frequently over the last couple of years. Their ability to understand our business and support me in terms of recruitment has been excellent. Candidates are screened initially to meet our requirements and taken through the process in a professional way. I would have no hesitation in recommending First Recruitment to any employer who needs that little extra support in their recruitment process."
Bokomo Foods (UK) Limited
“I have found First Recruitment to be very efficient and professional in their approach to recruitment. They were able to gain an in depth understanding of the needs of our business and source high quality candidates. I would highly recommend their services to anyone with a recruitment need.”
"First Group are one of the key suppliers to Cobham. The team are quick to respond, friendly and professional, and as such have made a massive difference to the account. The team have supported and filled a variety of roles. Without hestitation I would recommend First."