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Starting a new job in January? Here are 4 ways you can make an impact

Starting a new job can be daunting, and it can feel a little more so after a break at Christmas. 

If you’ve taken the plunge, and you’re rapidly approaching your ‘new year, new job’, we’ve got some tips to ease the nerves and help you not only settle in, but make a positive impact from day one. 

Listen and learn 

During your first few weeks in a new job, you might be required to go through lots of new starter inductions and training sessions. The key is to listen and learn, especially about important aspects like finding out more about the company, the culture, the team and the role. It’s likely that you will have built a good foundation of knowledge about these things during research in the application stage, but there will still be plenty to learn.

You’ll be inundated with lots of information upon starting a new job, so a useful tip is to take notes that you can reflect on afterwards. 

Ask lots of questions

When starting a new job, it can sometimes be challenging to strike up a balance between finding things out for yourself to appear confident and independent, whilst also genuinely not knowing things because you’re new. With this in mind, don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions when you start a new job, it shows your colleagues that you are engaged and you care. 

Always remember, there’s no such thing as a stupid question! 

Bring a positive attitude 

Bringing a positive attitude as a new starter can be a huge morale boost for an existing team. Joining with new ideas and ways of working can really make a difference, and will ensure that you’re making an impact from day one. Again, you’ll appear more engaged if you are showing enthusiasm. 

Another great tip is to take an interest in your colleagues' projects and celebrate if you see them doing a good job. Encouraging a culture of recognition and positivity.

Start forming connections

If you really want to make a good impression in your new job, make an effort to network and build trust with your colleagues. This might be chatting with them over coffee on your breaks, or offering to help with something they’re working on. Establishing relationships early on benefits not only your ability to settle into the company but also helps you to start building a reputation for yourself. 

Go the extra mile

In any new job, it takes time to make an impact. If you’re looking for recognition or career progression and development, jump in and go the extra mile right from the start. Take the initiative to go over and above what you’ve been asked, and you’ll likely get noticed early on. Take the time to help out your fellow colleagues and get involved in everything you can. Plus, you’ll be a step ahead if you’re learning the ins and outs of the job and company quickly!

Make an impact at Wickes

We’re growing our teams, and we’re always looking for approachable, curious and resourceful people to join our stores and showroom teams and make an impact. In return, we offer great benefits and we build our colleagues' careers, helping our staff develop their skills and work their way up the ladder so we can promote from within.

If you’re looking for your next challenge, apply for a job as a store manager, or find out more about store operations at Wickes today.

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