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Tips when starting a new job remotely

Tips when starting a new job remotely

Friday 25 September 2020

Tips when starting a new job remotely


Starting a new job remotely? Have confidence!!

Are you worried about starting a new job in the current 'virtual' climate?

Don’t be, have confidence, by over-thinking you will make it a more daunting experience than it needs to be! Your new employers thought you were the right person – you can do it!!

There’s no doubt that it will be different from joining your team in the office – you may feel socially isolated from the team, and will have to navigate a new role with nobody around to ask questions. But there are ways around this!

Here’s some tips from our candidates who have started in new jobs whilst in lockdown, all of whom have found it to be a positive experience:

  • Be kind to yourself, there’s so much information to take in when you join an organisation, so be kind to yourself – you can’t expect to know it all at once.
  • It’s ok to go at a slower pace, you have a lot to learn so it’s OK not to rush and take your time. Remember to still take your lunch breaks, get a breath of fresh air and spread your work throughout your working day.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it, although you may not be sitting in the same office, the technology is there for you to speak to your colleagues face to face through Zoom or Google Meet, or even just pick up the phone. You should receive the same access to support that you would have if you were in the office.
  • Ensure you have adequate WIFI signal and technology, there’s nothing more annoying than being hindered by poor technology and when you have so much to learn you don’t need hiccups with IT making it more difficult than it needs to be.
  • Zoom / video calls are a major part of your day, embrace it, don’t stress if you have pets or children at home, in a short time you will get to meet all your colleague’s children, partners, dogs and cats!
  • If your new employer arranges a virtual get together, get involved, it’s a great way to get to know everyone and build relationships with your fellow colleagues.
  • Switch off, and take breaks, you need to think of your wellbeing,

Just think, how excited you will be going to the office to work once it’s safe to do so and meeting all your work team in person!

Pictured top: Toni O'Flaherty, Director at Select Recruitment

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