how to start off your new IT job on the right foot

You finally landed your dream job! Congrats! After all that prep and interviewing, you’re still a ways away from kicking back and relaxing – now it’s time to jump headfirst into the challenges that await you.

The Randstad team is proud to play a part in job seekers’ successes, both during and after the hiring process. That’s why we’ve put together some expert advice to help you facilitate a successful start to your new IT job. 

Here are our best tips for succeeding in your new role!

start your new IT job on the right foot

the week before you start

  • Thank everyone who helped you along your journey to getting the job.
  • Take stock of your wardrobe and make sure you have enough clothing that suits your new company's dress code (jeans and a graphic tee might not be the norm!) Some offices are casual, some more formal. Make sure you know which it is before you start!
  • Take another look at the job posting to refresh your memory and establish your priorities on day one.

the first week

  • Focus on adapting to your new routine and put other activities on hold. This isn’t the right time to attend a rock concert on a Tuesday night!
  • Read our tips and tricks for acing your first day on the job.
  • Take advantage of every opportunity to introduce yourself to others (and make an effort to remember everyone’s name! ☺) 
  • Accept an invite to have lunch outside the office. You’ll eat the food you packed tomorrow!
  • You will likely have tons of reading to do at the beginning. To make sure you don’t become isolated, ask if you can sit close to a colleague so you can “shadow” them. This will give you a good idea of the everyday tasks you can expect to be doing.

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the first month

  • Start the job off right with positive work and sleep habits. 
  • Update your social profiles and start sharing content from your new company’s publications.
  • Make sure you understand your short and medium-term objectives.
  • Regularly ask for feedback from your colleagues and boss. This will ensure that you stay on top of their expectations while promoting productive communication. Be proactive – don’t wait for them to come to you.
  • Rack up some brownie points by collecting a few “quick wins.” This will help you build a positive reputation within your new team. For example: improve a script or process that helps everyone work more efficiently. 

the first quarter

  • This is a crucial period, and it’s important to check in with your superiors. Ask your boss for a quick review to go over what has been accomplished during your first few months.
  • Find a mentor using your company’s internal network. 
  • Get started on a development plan for the rest of the year. 
  • Take part in the company’s social activities.
  • Stay up-to-date on the latest technological advancements in your field. Keep tabs on what is evolving so you can be ahead of the curve, and stay curious by browsing forums and specialized sites.

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