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How To Conquer First Day Nerves | Part 1

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Here at On Track, we pride ourselves in not only placing candidates with jobs in Farnham, but making their transition to a new work environment as smooth as possible. Everyone gets nervous on their first day. The idea of making a lasting impression on the people you will be working with can be incredibly daunting, so we have provided some basic tips to remove some of your last minute nerves before your first day.

Prepare

In many ways, you should treat your first day like another job interview, or a trial day. Make sure you have researched your new company, and that you know as much as possible about your new role. Having a working knowledge of your responsibilities, your job role, and what is expected of you can be the difference between a short term employment and a major career step.

Make sure to bring a file of important documents, for instance your national insurance details, P45, and passport. Of course none of these matters if you’re falling asleep at your desk, so get a good night’s sleep for an excellent first impression with jobs in Farnham and other locations.

Dress Appropriately

If in doubt, dress smart. There’s nothing wrong with dressing to impress on your first day, even if it turns out to be a little over the top. It shows you are taking the position seriously and take pride in your appearance; both are qualities any manager will appreciate. For more on this topic, have a look at our other blog Dressing To Impress.

Be Punctual

Normally new recruits are asked to come into work a bit later than the rest of the team, but this doesn’t mean you can’t come in a little early. We advise you arrive at your workplace around fifteen minutes before you are expected. This not only gives a good first impression but also allows your new colleagues some flexibility when balancing their time between settling you in and carrying out their own tasks.

It sounds obvious, but we’re going to mention it anyway. Don’t be late. Turning up to a new job even a few minutes late can leave a lasting bad impression and may even cause your manager to cancel your employment. If it is unavoidable, call ahead and explain the situation.

The team here at On Track are dedicated to helping you find jobs in Farnham. For support, tips, and a tailored recruitment experience why not give our friendly team a call at 01252 727887, or alternatively email your CV to info@ontrackrecruitment.co.uk. We look forward to hearing from you!

How to get in the Right Mindset for Job Hunting

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Let’s face it, searching and applying for jobs can be mentally draining; as a first class employment agency Surrey, On Track Recruitment know this all too well! No matter how enthusiastically you start off, a job search that stretches on longer than you would like can be demotivating, and leave you feeling lost. But you don’t have to stay that way! We’ve got some tricks to help you perk yourself up and get right back into a successful mindset.

 

A good way to kick things off is with a motivational list! Using a word processor, note-taking app, or good old-fashioned pen and paper, take some time to list your achievements, your USPs (unique selling points), and skills. What challenges have you overcome in the past, and what have you accomplished both in and out of work? It might be hard to think of things at first, but once you get going and start to remember your past achievements, you’ll soon realise that there were a lot more than you first realised!

 

This list can help build confidence and reassure you that you’re more than capable of being successful in the positions you’re applying for. This confidence may even help you pass along this sentiment to a recruiter, interviewer, or HR team!

 

Another tactic is to get online and do some networking and ‘personal brand building’ – and no, this isn’t an excuse for you to whittle away an hour on Facebook or Twitter! Making contacts in the industry and sharing relevant content can really help you get back in the swing of things, as well as giving you a social boost, which can help to make any upcoming interview seem less daunting. You may even find a job through your contacts that you might not have heard of otherwise!

 

You can also research your desired role, industry, or the companies you’re applying to; this will boost your enthusiasm and keep the knowledge fresh in your mind for when you write your cover letter or attend an interview. Remember, fortune favours the prepared!

You can help increase your chances of successfully finding a role that suits you by signing up with On track Recruitment, a professional employment agency Surrey with a dedicated, experienced team all ready to help you. Upload your CV now, check our vacancies page, or contact us today, and we’ll help you realise your potential!

Never Know What Questions to Ask at Interviews? Here are 5 to Start You Off

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Our dedicated team at On Track Recruitment are just waiting to help you realise your true potential by matching you to the best full time jobs in Surrey. Of course, once you’ve applied for the job and dazzled the HR team with your CV, there is still the interview process to follow. Many candidates struggle with asking the appropriate questions to ensure they project themselves in the best way possible.

Asking your interviewer questions is a must; not only will it make you look truly interested in the role, but this is your chance to vet the company yourself. Remember, just as the interviewer wants to see if you’re the right fit for the role, you need to ensure that it’s a good place for you to work, too. So, the next time you’re being interviewed, why not try asking the following questions: 

What do you enjoy most about working here?

This is a simple one – it gives the interviewer a chance to show off the best bits of the company, and to wow you a little. If you ask this sooner in the interview it can give you a clue to the values that the interviewer prizes, which in turn can help you answer their questions. Try also asking them what makes them passionate about their role or why they decided to work for the company.

What opportunities can I expect for career progression?

You always want to be thinking ahead when it comes to your career, and if there isn’t the room you need to grow, then the position might not be for you. If the role you’re interviewing for is a temporary position or a pit-stop between permanent roles, then this is less of an issue.

Please tell me about the team I will be working with?

Finding out about your team can be a deal breaker – if your prospective colleagues prefer to get on with things themselves, but you prefer a more lively and social atmosphere as you work, then this may not be the right fit for you. Asking about team dynamics may also clue you in as to how much work is team-orientated or collaborative and how well this usually pans out.

How is work (performance) evaluated here, and how often is it assessed?

It’s a good idea to know where you’ll stand if you’re hired, and the kinds of criteria you’ll need to meet; after all, you’d much rather be prepared for your evaluations than be caught on the hop. Check that the key skills and competencies of the role align with your abilities and allow yourself a little burst of confidence when you realise that you’ll be able to face any reviews head on!

 What can I expect next in the interview process? 

This is a good question to ask if you want to avoid feeling left in limbo after the interview. If there are more ‘rounds’ that you need to attend then you’ll be able to properly prepare for the next step

On Track Recruitment have years of experience when it comes to finding and selecting the best full time jobs Surrey, and are just waiting to help you find the one that fits you. We have plenty of listings right here on our site, and you can contact us by emailing info@ontrackrecruitment.co.uk if you need any further help with your job hunting.