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New Kid on the Block

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20 Feb 2014

Picture this...having prepared long and hard for numerous interviews consisting of many sleepless nights and the bag of unwanted nerves that come post interview whilst eagerly awaiting to hear the outcome, you have done it - you have just gone and bagged yourself your dream job!

Everyone around you is ecstatic, including yourself. Most of us will experience this at somepoint in our lives, I am sure.

The night before you start your much anticipated new job, you feel yourself slightly shaky, perhaps with a million thoughts running through your head and the pre-job nerves officially kick in.

Starting a new job is much akin to your first day at school and, if you had very much established yourself previously via your academic results or being top biller in your previous firm, it hits you that your first few months at work will be very much about proving yourself, re-establishing yourself and gaining respect from colleagues.

So how does one cope in such anxiety provoking situations? Having been the new girl on the block at Sellick Partnership myself, I thought it useful to share a few pointers and help ease any concerns.

1. The only person that puts pressure on you during the first few weeks is yourself.
Employers don't expect you to know everything as soon as you walk through the door on that first day. They understand that this is a time for learning and for you to find your feet. Sit down with your Manager early on and ask them to lay out the structure of your first few weeks so that you are both very clear of what is expected of you.

2. Don't expect to be best friends with everyone and for everyone to love you from the first day.
Friendships take time - often work colleagues may develop into friendships, but other times they may just remain work colleagues. It takes time to learn who you can go to for help and who the best source of information is on particular topics. You just have to trust your own instincts.

3. If you don't know something, don't be afraid to ask.
I remember whilst I was doing my training contract my Manager once said "Ask away - no question is a stupid one." Ok, so I may have taken this a bit too literally as I have always been one to ask a lot of questions, but this is not a bad thing by any means! It shows eagerness to learn, that you want to get things right from the outset and that you are truly committed to the job.

For those of you starting a new role soon, make the most of it and remember you will only be the new kid on the block until the next new recruit, after which you will be one of the team, ready to help them on their journey within the company.

If you are currently looking for a new legal role or confidential career advice, contact 0161 8341642 or visit our website for the latest legal vacancies.

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