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10 tips for starting a new job

Author: ICAEW Insights

Published: 28 Jul 2022

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Whether you’re preparing for your first day as a trainee or switching to a new role, employers share their top tips for making sure everything goes smoothly.

  1. Make a good first impression: dress professionally and appropriately, and plan your commute in advance. Whatever you do, don’t be late!
  2. Take notes: you’ll be bombarded with information in the first weeks. A good old-fashioned pad and pen sends a clear signal that you’re interested and engaged.
  3. Be curious: ask lots of questions (but not the same ones over and over again). Show genuine interest, and always remember to thank people for their time.
  4. Listen more than you talk: the saying goes that you have two ears and one mouth for a reason. Be a sponge and soak up as much as you can.
  5. Know the expectations of your employer: from simple things like the dress code to professional conduct. Now is not the time to challenge how things are done.
  6. Be professional: honesty and integrity are essential, so demonstrate them from day one. Beware of what your social media presence may say about you.
  7. Build new relationships organically: avoid gossip and overt nosiness, but be open to engaging with others on a personal level. And smile, smile, smile!
  8. Find your support system: there will be highs and lows, so use the people around you, whether that’s family and friends or your fellow trainees.
  9. Don’t work too hard: at the end of the day it’s just a job. Give 100% during working hours, then go home and enjoy the life bit of your work-life balance.
  10. Be authentic: while you want to make a good first impression, it shouldn’t be at the expense of who you are. Give people a chance to get to know the real you.

If you are preparing to become an ICAEW student, we have a range of ‘Getting started’ resources available for ICAEW CFAB and ACA.

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